5 Benefits of Exercise for Aging Adults

Physical activity and exercises are good for you. There are many studies that highlight the health benefits associated with exercise, and it becomes more important as we age. Regular physical activity helps improve mental and physical health, both of which will help you maintain your independence as you age. Below, we outline five benefits of exercise for seniors and aging adults.

1.Minimize Disease

Studies have shown that maintaining regular physical activity can help prevent many common diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Exercise improves overall immune function, which is important for everyone as their immune systems are often compromised. Even light exercise, such as walking, can be a powerful tool for preventable disease management.

2. Mental Health Benefits

The mental health benefits of exercise are overflowing. Exercise produces endorphins which act as a stress reliever and leaves you feeling happy and satisfied. In addition, exercise has been linked to improving sleep, which is especially important for older adults who often suffer from insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns.

3. Decreased Risk of Falls

Older adults are at a higher risk of falling, which can prove to be potentially disastrous for maintaining independence. Exercise improves strength and flexibility, which also help improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls. Seniors take much longer to recover from falls, so anything that helps avoid falling in the first place is important.

4. Social Events

Whether you join a walking group, go to fitness classes or visit a gardening club, exercise can be made into a fun social event. Maintaining strong social ties is important for aging adults to feel a sense of purpose and avoid feelings of loneliness or depression. The key is to find a form of exercise you love, and it will never feel like a chore again.

5. Cognitive Function

Regular physical activity and fine-tuned motor skills benefit cognitive function. Countless studies suggest a lower risk of dementia for physically active individuals, regardless of when you begin a routine.

Summary
Exercise is good for you; it’s just a matter of making it a priority and a habit in your daily life. In the aging population, exercise has been shown to prevent disease, lower the risk of falls, improve mental health and well-being, strengthen social ties, and improve cognitive function.

Regardless of your age, we hope this will motivate you to incorporate exercise into your life.

How Yoga Benefits Independent Senior Communities

At Terrace Place, we host yoga classes for our residents! Below are a number of the benefits associated with doing yoga on a consistent basis!

Enhanced Flexibility

Yoga practice improves flexibility of all ages. Seniors with increased flexibility can have a decreased rate of injury due to falls, and can recover more quickly from other injuries or pain.

Improved Balance

Naturally, our balance suffers as we get older. When seniors participate in yoga, they are actively working on their balance. Seniors with better balance are less likely to fall.

Body Control

Throughout each yoga class, residents are encouraged to pay attention to specific parts of their bodies. This body awareness can translate to decreased falls, as well as increased awareness of when they are fatigued or not feeling well.

Brain Activity

Taking a yoga class brings more than just physical benefits. Most yoga involves reaching an arm across the body. This is called “crossing the midline” and has shown to increase brain activity and coordination.

If you or a loved one may be interested in learning more about Terrace Place, please contact us today!

Fun Fall Activities That Seniors Love

While we all enjoy the warm weather that summer brings, there’s no doubt that fall is a beautiful time of the year.

With the changing of colors, crisp weather, and pumpkin flavored everything, it’s no wonder that so many people prefer the fall. But, if you’re a senior, then you’re probably wondering what to do during this new season.

Luckily, there are just as many things to do in the fall as there is to do in the summer.

Check out this guide to learn about some of the best fall activity ideas for seniors.

  1. Enjoy the Fall Air

Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. Not only is the weather crisp and cool, but the fall colors offer a beautiful change in scenery.

Plus, going for a walk is great for your health. Daily walking can help improve your cardiovascular fitness, lift your mood, reduce pain, and lower your blood sugar levels.

Even just opening the window a crack to take in the crisp air is refreshing!

  1. Do You Like to Pick Pumpkins?

Visiting a local pumpkin patch is an excellent day trip for the whole family. Soergel’s Orchard is located within 10 minutes of Terrace Place!

  1. Fall Treats

Fall is the perfect time to get back into baking. In addition to baking, fall is a great time to expand your cooking skills by incorporating seasonal vegetables such as squash, root vegetables, and parsnips.

  1. Fall Crafting

Fall is a great time for residents to work on their artistic skills before the holidays! One popular fall decor item is an autumn wreath that features everything from candy corn to fall leaves to small ears of corn. Residents also decorate pumpkins and hang up spooky decorations for Halloween.

If you are interested in an independent living community in Pittsburgh, contact us today!

10 Independent Living Frequently Asked Questions

Terrace Place at Vincentian is an active, independent living senior community for adults 55+. When considering living at Terrace Place, there are a several questions that our residents had so we put together a list of some of these frequently asked questions!

  1. Will I be able to choose my own colors for my apartment?

    1. Once you move in, we welcome you to customize painting, furniture, etc. to your liking; however, the apartment will need to be returned to its original condition and format after you move out. Any customizations will be the responsibility of the resident. Depending on the work required, costs associated with this may be billed to you.
  2. What kind of flooring and appliances do the apartments have?

    1. The master bedroom is carpeted. All other areas feature hardwood luxury vinyl tiles. Kitchen appliances include a range, dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator (all stainless steel). Each unit also includes a washer and dryer in the spacious master closet.Independent Living Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Do the apartment windows and patio doors have blinds?

    1. All apartments feature slatted blinds that can be fully raised, lowered and tilted.
  4. Are there different floor plans available?

    1. All apartments have the same floorplan — as shown in this guide. The only difference is a patio for first-floor apartments and a balcony for second and third-floor apartments.
  5. I have heard that Terrace Place is “adaptive.” What does that mean?

    1. Each apartment is equipped with smart technology that will help you control things like your lights and temperature from a remote control or smart device. Bathrooms are designed with extra help available, like grab bars, should you need it. Vincentian is currently exploring partnerships with home health and other healthcare agencies to bring services you need directly to you.
  6. What is the current rent and fee schedule?

  7. How many apartments are at Terrace Place?

    1. Terrace Place has 91 apartment homes spanning three floors. The first floor has garden level apartments with a patio; the second and third floors have balconies with metal railings.
  8. Can I choose my apartment location?

    1. Absolutely! Apartments are reserved on a first come, first-serve basis, so we encourage you to get your reservation in soon.
  9. What is included in my rent?

    1. Independent Living Frequently Asked QuestionsRent includes all utilities, highspeed WIFI, maintenance to building and grounds, in-unit smart technology, parking, refuse collections, private on-site storage locker, transportation within a five-mile radius, programs and special events. Each resident is responsible for television and a landline phone package. No additional or hidden fees associated with meal plans, campus conveniences or other service fees will ever be charged at Terrace Place.
  10. Once I move in, how long will my rent stay the same?

    1. Historically we have increased rent at Vincentian Villa (our other independent living community) by less than 3% per year.

 

If you have any other questions about Terrace Place, please visit our website or give us a call at 412-548-4100. We are happy to help any way that we can!