Staying active – both physically and mentally – is a key to maintaining one’s health at any age.
The week of Jan. 20-26, 2019 is designated as National Activity Professionals Week. At ProHealth, we want to take a moment to recognize all of the activity professionals we work with at partner facilities for their hard work and dedication to patients.
These professionals play an important role in improving the quality of life for seniors – whether it be through physical exercise, building relationships, or monitoring and evaluating motor and cognitive skills.
Staying active helps aging bodies in a number of ways:
- Stretching lengthens muscles that shorten as we get older
- Exercise boosts our balance, bone density and coordination – helping prevent falls
- Staying fit can help address cardiovascular health issues and fight off viruses
Keeping our brains active improves mental and emotional quality of life by:
- Increasing flow of blood and oxygen to our brains, which makes us feel better
- Better mental health allows for improved cognitive function
- Staving off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Promoting independence and a sense of self-worth
Activity professionals know the interests and abilities of their patients, tailoring programs to them. Depending on their patients’ abilities and personalities, these employees can choose to offer one-on-one activities or incorporate them into group activities to foster social development.
To all activity professionals promoting physical and mental health, ProHealth thanks you –during the week of January 20-26 and throughout the year!