Exercise improves strength & balance
September 28, 2012
Knowing that exercise is medicine, Minnesota Valley Health Center has implemented exercise wellness programs in Gardenview Nursing Home and the Senior Day Program.
“Many people feel that getting older is the cause of problems traditionally faced by older adults,” said Karen Holicky, RN, Long Term Care Director of Nursing. “But it’s important to understand that weakness is not caused by age alone, it’s often a normal reaction to a lack of exercise and exertion.”
Even for the most ill, exercise can treat many problems and prevent others.
“While injury and disease can rob us of our ability to exercise, many of the physical struggles we face as we get older can be slowed, stopped or reversed with the appropriate exercise,” said Holicky. “Our residents are really enjoying the sessions. We play music and have fun. As a result, we’re seeing improvement in the areas of strength, balance and flexibility.”
The program uses outcome-based measures to assess each resident’s progress and to determine if adjustments need to be made. Restorative Nursing & Recreation Services Staff agree that wellness programs definitely improve quality of life,” says Jamie Thomes, CTRS, Short & Long Term Care Wellness Coordinator. “The residents are benefitting from the exercises.”
Theresa Kelly is pictured during a session with weights.