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  1. What an awesome presentation. This has all the elements of great work and very well thought out material. We are close but not that close with our 84 year old Mother. She has slowed down considerably but not to the extent that it’s impossible for her to move around. While there may be come restrictions due to her heart condition, we try to remain as active as possible. Many thanks for this informative presentation.

    • Hi Xavier,
      I’m so glad that you liked the post. Your vote of confidence means a lot coming from a person who is so familiar with the topic both on a personal and professional level. Thanks so much for checking in, and I’m glad that you found the post informative and valuable.

  2. Hi Thabo, Thank you for this very informative and well-researched article about senior health and exercise. You certainly hit on many factors, including the socialization aspect.
    With our population aging, increased focus on senior healthy lifestyles and quality of life is needed! You addressed some of that need here. Good job!

    • Hi Annie,
      Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m glad that you enjoyed the article. This one was a bit of a challenge because there was so much that interested me concerning the topic, yet I had to make sure that I remained focused and not overwhelm the reader. I’m glad you liked the post and found it informative. Thanks for checking in.

  3. Hello Thabo!
    So liked how you dealth with this topic. That indeed at any age we need to keep our motors running. So inspiring to see the video of the woman who is 95!
    And it is true that being in community no matter the age is vital to well being and not being isloated.
    I am glad that you also touched on the finances of each project as so many elders are living on limited income.
    Thanks for all you are doing.
    in peace and gratitude, ariel

    • Hi Ariel,

      Always a pleasure to hear from you. Yes, I think the video of the woman who is 95 is indeed inspiring. The moment I saw the video I was hooked. I just had to let more people know and show the vitality of this amazing woman. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  4. It is good to know these programs exist. I’d certainly like to see more of them around my area. Our office deals with seniors on a daily basis and many have the mind set that they are now old and will simply deteriorate. It is clearly visible that the ones (these are peeps in their 80’s) who get out more are in much better health. Yet the home plan you describe with the phone contact is invaluable for those who can’t get out.

    • Hi Dianne,
      I agree with you that ideally more seniors should go to the gym and exercise. Going to the gym not only encourages good physical health but it is also great for social interaction. This can impact in a very positive way an older person’s state of mind. By connecting with other people they are less likely to experience loneliness, which in some cases has proven to be the cause of conditions like back pain. Having said that, we need to recognize that for some seniors going to the gym is out of the question. Thus, a home-based program supported by phone contact is a good solution. Thanks so much for checking in.

  5. Hello Thabo,
    You have written a great article, it was really interesting to read it and learn about the outcome of the study. It is very relieving to hear that physical activity is taken more and more seriously within the health care. The pharmaceutical treatment is not curing the people, mostly only the symptoms are treated. Exercises are proven to be one of the most powerful methods of helping the body to heal itself. Physical activity prevents chronical diseases and can even be life-prolonging.
    As you said in the article, some people don’t want or can’t leave their house for going to a gym. It’s, therefore, a great possibility to do a home-based program, even if gym would be better. The biggest challenge is though to motivate people who have never done any exercises before, or who have got pain and don’t want to do any exercises even if it would be pain releasing.

    Pernilla

    • Hi Pernilla,
      Maintaining the motivation to adhere to regular physical activity is a challenge for many older adults. I think that’s why it’s important to consider what kind of program will encourage older adults to keep exercising. For some a gym-based program makes sense, but for others a home-based program would be a more appealing and more effective option. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  6. Hello Thabo,
    Since I am getting up in the years with health restrictions I can relate to this post extremely well, I do feel the elderly folks who are able to join a class should do so to keep in shape but also for social interaction.

    I exercise daily sometimes at home and sometimes at the YMCA, but I find exercising at the YMCA is more enjoyable when I am doing it with other people than alone.

    I like the home exercise program with phone support, I think everyone needs a good support system and this phone support program would appeal to many elderly people who are not bold enough to join a gym or YMCA.

    Great Information love this post
    Jeff

    • Hi Jeff,
      I do agree with you that social interaction is just as important as physical health to one’s overall well-being. I think for most people exercising at the gym is a great solution to staying fit and also engaging with others. For some people, though, going to the gym is not an option they want to take. Yet they need to stay healthy. This is how the concept of home-based exercise program with a telephone follow up came to be. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

  7. I am one to also encourage the elderly to exercise. However, sometimes no matter what you do or say, some just will not do it. I do not stop promoting it though! I fully believe in how exercise can help the elderly. I am a retired Rehab nurse and have seen firsthand how exercise promotes independency especially after a trauma, stroke, joint replacement or brain injury. It is amazing.

    • Hello Cynthia,
      You’re right. Despite the health benefits of physical activity and the risks of physical inactivity, many adults don’t engage in sufficient physical activity to achieve health benefits. This is why something like Yoga Laughter, a program that elicits positive emotions through simulated laughter, is now creating a buzz as way of helping the elderly stick to exercise routine. Thanks for checking in.

      Thabo

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