It has been shown that elderly in nursing homes that exercises to a greater extent maintain physical function than those who do not. Even moderate physical activity is improving the health and functional ability of the elderly. In addition, it reduces the risk of age diseases that affect the aging process.
According to Jorunn Lægdeheim Helbostad's research, an educational program for elderly in nursing homes should include basic physical forms, this can be muscle strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and endurance.
In order for the positive effects of exercise to persist, it is essential that exercise becomes a habit. Here it is important with easy access and proximity to the training possibilities.
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