Long-Term Care

The value of activities and exercise

LTC Nursing Assistant Trainer, November 19, 2009

Activities and exercise are critical to the well-being of your residents. People who regularly interact socially with others tend to be healthier, both physically and mentally, than those who become socially isolated. Artistic activities such as arts and crafts help people relax, keep an alert mind, improve fine motor skills, and improve memory. All types of activities prevent boredom and loneliness, and promote choice and independence. Recreational activities improve motor skills, social skills, thinking ability, behavior, and communication ability. Physical activity is an important part of residents’ care, as it can:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Help with weight control
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Decrease the risk of falls
  • Relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Help lower cholesterol
  • Strengthen the heart and lungs
  • Increase the flexibility of joints and muscles

This is an excerpt from HCPro’s book, The CNA Training Solution, Second Edition.

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