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There are several reasons why it is important for elderly people to go out, even if it’s just for a short walk or to run errands. Here are some of the key reasons:

Physical health: 

Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining good health, especially as we age. Going out for a walk, doing some light exercise, or simply being active in the community can help prevent physical decline, improve balance and coordination, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Make it a point to move your body every day, even if it’s a light activity. Perform strengthening, balancing, and flexibility-enhancing exercises at least two days each week. If you are already active, engage in 75 minutes of intense exercise each week, or at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. Reducing the amount of time spent lying down or sitting, and alternating it with occasional activity.

Mental health:

People who are lonely or socially isolated may not exercise enough, consume excessive amounts of alcohol, smoke, or sleep well, all of which can raise their risk of developing major medical disorders.

Those who feel lonely suffer emotionally. A person’s perspective on the world can alter when they experience a loss of community and connection. Someone who is lonely all the time could feel frightened and distrustful of other people.

The same stress responses in the body can be triggered by physical pain as well as emotional pain. Loneliness and social isolation may also be harmful to brain health. Inability to carry out daily duties like driving, paying bills, taking medication, and cooking may also be impacted by a lack of social interaction and spending a lot of time alone.

Social isolation and loneliness can have a negative impact on mental health, particularly among elderly individuals. Going out, engaging with others and participating in community activities can help prevent depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Our care facilities frequently host gatherings or other activities to get the residents involved, moving, and interacting with one another. 

Cognitive stimulation: 

Activity and conversation help us stay mentally active and can delay the start of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Regular exposure to new and stimulating environments can help keep the brain active and improve cognitive function. Even simple activities like reading a book or going for a walk in a new area can provide valuable cognitive stimulation. The elderly may retain their cognitive capacities by doing something as easy as trying to talk to people every day. The elderly can also continue to participate in the lives of the persons they care about. The elderly can maintain their mental acuity and involvement by engaging in conversation with others, whether it is through contacting a loved one or sharing recollections with a significant other.

In order to spend time with their loved ones, family members can stay the night at our care facility. 

Sense of purpose: 

For some people, discovering a sense of purpose can be difficult, while for others, it may come naturally. The easiest way to get started is to try a variety of things to see whether they give you that inner fulfillment. Here are some methods for helping people of all ages find their sense of purpose.  

For elderly people, finding a new activity, profession, or way to learn new things might make them feel more purposeful. 

Quality of life: 

Overall, going out and being active can greatly improve the quality of life for elderly individuals. It can help them feel happier, more engaged and more fulfilled in their daily lives. 

Of course, it’s important to balance the benefits of going out with the potential risks, particularly during times of pandemic or when weather conditions may be extreme. But in general, encouraging elderly individuals to go out and be active is an important part of promoting their health and wellbeing.