Exercise and Aging
Homestead Village hosted a presentation Nature, Exercise and Aging, by Professor Rosegard, Chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism at San Francisco State University. His research interests include the social psychology of leisure and the psychophysiology of play. Currently Dr. Rosegard is working with the Bay Area Health Parks Healthy People initiative and examining the restorative effects of "green exercise" play and nature.
To view the slides from this presentation, click here..
The National Institute on Aging writes that regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. That's why health experts say that older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.
In addition, regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.
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