As summer in San Diego is heating up, you might be spending more and more time swimming. Many of us have wonderful memories connected to water. Whether we remember the pool our family used to frequent in the summers, swimming in a river or ocean close to our house, or learning to get comfortable in water as an adult, the enjoyment of slipping into cool, refreshing water on a hot day is universal.
Water Therapy for Older Adults
Beyond the simple pleasure of summers at the pool, spending time in water can be very therapeutic, both physically and emotionally. Research shows that being immersed in water or even looking at it or listening to waves or rain has a calming effect on brain waves. Water can even reduce anxiety! Living by the water is great therapy for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Different Types of Water Exercise for Older Adults
Physically, exercise in water is much easier on joints and ligaments, making it ideal for the elderly or for people with injuries. Here are a few types of water exercises that are great for seniors!
- Leg Lifts: Leg lifts work all of the muscles in the leg, simply utilizing the resistance power of the water.
- Aqua Jogging: Aqua jogging is a fantastic low-impact, cardio exercise to get the heart pumping and blood flowing.
- Flutter Kicking: Flutter kicking is another wonderful low-impact aerobic exercise.
- Arm Curls: Many community pools provide water weights that allow for low-impact strength training. Weights can be held in front of the body with arms at a 90 degree angle, bent at the elbow. Curl the weights up toward the chest and bring them back down again.
Special Consideration in the Water for People with Alzheimer’s
Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s patients often have a fear of water because it is no longer perceived in the same way as those who are not experiencing neurological changes. Water is nearly invisible which is difficult for many Alzheimer’s patients. In fact, bathing is among the three main problems Alzheimer’s caregivers cite. Many Alzheimer’s patients still enjoy being around water, even if they don’t prefer to be immersed in it.
San Diego’s Top Memory Care and Senior Care Community
As people get older, they are eventually faced with the decision of where and how to live. This is especially true after the death of a partner or a spouse or when a new medical situation presents itself. For some people, they may want to live independently, but an illness or disability prevents them from living completely on their own. For others, income presents a difficulty for keeping up a home. And still for others, they may be able to live on their own, but they want the social interactions communal living provides.
There are many reasons someone may decide it is time to move to an independent living home. Independent living offers a chance for seniors to experience the joy of community and activity while not having to worry about the daily grind and upkeep of home life. At Mesa View Senior Assisted Living (and at our partner locations: Harbor View Senior Assisted Living and Bay View Assisted Living) our highly competent staff work hard to provide personalized care to each member of our memory care communities.
MesaView Senior Assisted Living in La Mesa, California is one of the top assisted living facilities in the greater San Diego area. We’re known for our compassionate caregivers, beautiful grounds, and individualized care. We consider it an honor to walk alongside families as they traverse the challenging and heartbreaking journey of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.