It is a widely known fact that regular exercise provides a myriad of health benefits for older adults, including improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, lipid profile, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and neuro-cognitive function.
     
Exercise is hence important for the elderly to help them maintain good health and to cope with the activities of daily living. At SWS, we provide a balance of general group exercises, and individual exercises (for specific needs).  

Basic pulley Strength Exercises for the Elderly fights dystrophy

     
     
Group Exercises

Our elderly clients are engaged in a daily exercise programme. However, the intensity level of the exercise is kept low so as not to over strain and to allow all to participate. Exercises range from 'Shoulder Shrugs' to 'Wrist Stretching' and Chair Squats for improved flexibility. Cardio intensive low-impact workouts are usually saved for outings or long walks.

   
 
 

SWS Staff conducting stretching exercises for a group at the Centre

     
The aims of the Group Exercise are to help:
1. Improve Oxygen Uptake
2. Improve Muscle Tone and Flexibility
3. Keep the Joints Mobile
4. Relax the Mind and the Body
5. Provide Healthy Interaction amongst the Elderly

Individual exercises

Individual exercises are tailored to the needs of individuals. The exercises are fully guided and safe, taking into account the health conditions of the individuals.

   
     
Muscle and Resistance Training

Muscle wasting or dystrophy occurs in the elderly at some stages due to chronic infections, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or other chronic diseases. Physical inactivity causes muscle loss and this muscle loss leads to a metabolic rate reduction. Calories that were previously used for muscle energy are put into fat storage, resulting in gradual weight gain. Strength training is extremely important in combating these age-related declines in muscle mass, bone density and metabolism.

 

 
 

Strength training is an effective way to increase muscle strength and also helps to reduce back pain and arthritic discomfort, and helps prevent or manage some diabetic symptoms. Sensible strength training will help to lubricate and nourish the arthritis joints, strengthening the muscles around the joints, providing them with greater support. 

Safety Concerns

It is a medical fact that it is safe for most adults older than 65 years to exercise on a basic level. Even patients with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis, can exercise safely. In fact, these conditions improve with exercise!

For clients who are not sure if exercise is safe for them (or if they had or have been chronically inactive), a medical consultation is advisable.

 
 
 

Morning Exercises for another group at the Centre

     
While exercise benefits the elderly, one must not expect immediate results. The physical and mental well-being improves in frail elderly clients when they get better rehabilitation exercise and eat healthily in the long term, thus, at SWS, we try our level best to provide a good injection of such a balance.