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Benefits of Active Lifestyle in Older Adults

Active lifestyle plays a huge role in attaining a healthy life, especially for older adults. Engaging in productive and social activities such as exercising in groups, joining an art class or volunteering in an event within your community help enhance your lifestyle and well-being to a great extent.

Here one of the leading Aged Care Providers in Sydney, OSAN Ability Assist some crucial benefits that an elderly can gain by staying active in life.

• Fewer Diseases
The fitter you are, the more disease-free you can get. From engaging in games, exercise, hobbies, social engagements may lower the risk of developing some major health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia etc.

• Prolonged Lifespan
According to a study, those older adults who took part in social activities (such as playing games, belonging to social groups, or travelling) or meaningful, productive activities (such as gardening) lived longer than people who did not. Researchers are further exploring this connection.

• Happier & Less Depressed
Studies also explore those older adults who are engaged in community volunteering, stays healthier, happier & less depressed. The researchers have found these ‘older volunteers’ to be more cognitive & cheerful in nature. According to them, such activities might also have long-term benefits including lowering the older adults’ risk of developing disability, dependency, and dementia in later life.

• May Improve Thinking Abilities
Another line of research is exploring how participating in creative fields might help the elderly to have ‘improved thinking ability’. For example, studies have shown that older adults’ memory, comprehension, creativity, and problem-solving abilities improved after an intensive, 4-week (8-session) acting course. Besides, activities like music or dance can also have beneficiary effects on older adults.

Source : https://www.nia.nih.gov/

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