According to Newton’s first law of motion, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. As we age, it becomes even more important to keep moving as much as possible. For physically active seniors, engaging in activities that they enjoy like walking, golf, biking, gardening, and yoga is a key component to maintaining high levels of physical and mental health. For seniors who struggle with low or limited mobility, the best ways to improve mobility are through moderate exercise, stretching, and supervised physical therapy.
Assisted living communities like BridgeWater Assisted Living make it easy and safe to stay physically and mentally active and engaged. Each BridgeWater Assisted Living community in Arizona has an on-site wellness and therapy center available to all residents for use when they need it.
How do our wellness therapy centers help residents stay healthy? Residents use our facilities both to exercise and to meet and work with licensed therapists. Incorporating several different types of therapy and exercise specialized for seniors can dramatically improve your health and mood.
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Physical therapists assist in mobility and stretching exercises designed to promote better mobility and increase muscle strength. Benefits of physical therapy for seniors include:
For seniors recovering from an illness, surgery, or an injury, physical therapy provides much-needed support as they work to regain strength and mobility.
Many seniors struggle with completing activities of daily living like bathing, dressing themselves, getting in and out of bed, and walking. Occupational therapists work with patients to help them maintain, improve, or recover the skills they need for these tasks. By focusing on improvements to basic or fine motor skills, occupational therapy can make a big difference when it comes to seniors’ independence.
Although you might not associate speech therapy with health and wellness, there are many benefits to speech therapy exercises developed specifically for seniors, including:
Some residents use our wellness therapy centers for exercise. Even if you have never worked out in a gym or used gym equipment, there are bodyweight exercises you can do without equipment that are excellent for strength and conditioning for seniors. Strength training can improve your health, energize you, and elevate your mood. Squats, lunges, wall push-ups, and planks are all bodyweight exercises that can be beneficial and can also be modified for your unique capabilities.
Contact us to schedule a tour of one of our communities to see a wellness therapy center in action. The wellness therapy centers are just one of several outstanding amenities that BridgeWater Assisted Living provides to our residents to help them live the best lives possible. See for yourself today!