Frequent exercise is crucial to maintaining the physical and mental well-being of seniors. Regular physical activity can reduce their fall risk, prevent cognitive conditions like dementia, and even extend their lifespan. However, health conditions like back pain and arthritis can make traditional forms of exercise difficult. This is why many long-term care centers and skilled nursing facilities turn to aquatic pool therapy as a solution.
Aquatic pool therapy provides a way for seniors to stay active and exercise regularly. In an aqua therapy pool, seniors can participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, water aerobics, yoga, strength training, and jogging.
Aquatic therapy is adaptable for individuals of all ages and abilities and offers numerous benefits for seniors. Below are the top five reasons why it is an essential part of their overall wellness:
1. Improves mood and reduces anxiety
Exercise releases endorphins, which help elevate mood and combat feelings of anxiety. Aqua therapy sessions keep seniors engaged and happy, improving their overall mood. The water also provides relaxation benefits that other exercises do not.
2. Minimizes impact on joints
Aquatic therapy enables seniors to achieve their fitness and rehabilitation goals without putting extra strain on their joints. Seniors with back pain and arthritis appreciate aqua therapy because they can stay active without risking pain. They can also gain confidence by doing exercises in the water that they couldn’t do on land.
3. Enhances balance and strength
As adults age, they become more susceptible to falling. 20% of falls result in serious consequences such as irreversible head injuries and broken bones. By wading in waist-deep water and moving against the natural water movements, seniors can improve their balance and muscle endurance, reducing their fall risk and protecting their physical health.
4. Boosts cardiovascular health
Many people believe that aquatic pool therapy isn’t a strenuous workout, but it actually increases a senior’s heart rate enough to burn fat and improve their cardiovascular health. Aqua therapy also trains the lungs to be more efficient, reducing the risk of heart disease and heart attacks.
5. Decreases swelling
Poor circulation is a common issue for seniors. Aqua therapy helps decrease swelling through hydrostatic pressure caused by fluid molecules from being submerged in water. This decreases pain and increases the range of motion.
The benefits of aquatic pool therapy are clear. The Allure Group recognizes these benefits, and our facility, the King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, became the first aqua therapy pool located in Brooklyn. We have a photo gallery showcasing the installation available for viewing.