Tai chi is an exercise that is easy on the joints.
The person who is doing it doesn’t need any equipment either and it is great for beginners. For all these reasons, tai chi is a great workout for senior citizens. Even so, your elderly loved one should check with their doctor first before starting any physical activity routine. If you think this would be good for your elderly loved one, talk to them and your senior care provider about how it can help the aging process today.
Helps with Mental Health Disorder Prevention
One of the things that you should talk to your elderly loved one about when it comes to practicing tai chi is that it helps to prevent mental health disorders. Some of the disorders it helps to prevent include depression and anxiety. It also boosts self-esteem. If this is something your elderly loved one could use help with, get them to start practicing tai chi regularly. In a short time, they should begin to feel the mental health benefits.
Reduced Risk of Falls
The risk of falling for senior citizens is usually quite high due to balance issues, lack of coordination, medication side effects, and the aging process. However, exercising (especially ones focused on balance such as tai chi) can help to lower the risk of falling because they:
- Reduce the fear of falling
- Improve balance
- Increase flexibility
- Increase muscle tone
If these are all things that your elderly loved one could benefit from, then you should have them try out tai chi. Many senior citizens aren’t so sure about this exercise when first starting, but after getting used to it, the exercise is quite enjoyable.
Improved Quality of Life
Did you know that tai chi can also help to improve a person’s overall quality of life? It can help with specific quality of life aspects, too. Many senior citizens have stated that tai chi helps them to:
- Get better sleep
- Have less pain
- Improve the immune system
- Sharpen their thinking
- Reduce confusion
Does it sound like your elderly loved one could benefit from these things? If so, don’t hesitate to find some tai chi workout videos for beginners to have your elderly loved one to try. If you can’t make it over to their house, senior home care providers can turn the videos on, as well.
Managing Health Conditions
There are so many health conditions that are quite common in the elderly. If your elderly loved one has a health condition, most likely tai chi can benefit their health in some way. Some of the health conditions that tai chi helps to manage, include:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
- Back issues
- Parkinson’s disease
If your elderly loved one has any of these conditions, encourage them to start practicing tai chi. The benefits they can experience may include better concentration, improved memory, better balance, reduce muscle soreness, weight loss, reduced pain, and much more.
Senior Care Conclusion
There are many senior citizen centers that offer tai chi classes for the elderly. Your elderly loved one can also do these exercises while they are at home, too. If they are worried about doing these exercises alone, maybe you or a senior home care provider can step into it with them.
The staff at Home Care Matters is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Home Care Matters is a home care agency providing quality and affordable Senior Care in Dacula, GA, and the surrounding areas.
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