Brain Games for Seniors

Our memory declining is, unfortunately, a natural part of aging. However, there are lots of activities seniors can participate in to slow down the process as much as possible. Stimulating brain games are one of those options, and they’re fun too! In this article, we’ll go over some of the top games that exercise your brain, with traditional and online …

Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai chi has many physical and emotional benefits, but not everyone is familiar with the practice. Tai chi started out as a Chinese tradition, but it is now a popular form of exercise too. It has been associated with decreased anxiety and depression, improvements in brain functioning, and management of some chronic diseases, among other things. We’ll go over the …

Exercise for Heart Health

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of heart-pumping exercise for heart health, but most of us aren’t getting that. However, 150 minutes is less than 22 minutes each day, and this activity can improve your overall health, prevent disease (like heart disease!), and improve quality of life. When you’re trying to add exercise into your …

Woman exercising at home

Exercise to Beat the Winter Blues

The cold weather, less sunlight, and being cooped up indoors make it easy to feel a little down in the dumps in the winter. If you’re suffering from the winter blues, which can be diagnosed as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) if severe enough, getting outside and exercising is probably not at the top of your list of things to do. …

Exercise for Strong Bones

Osteoporosis, a condition where our bones become more brittle and liable to break, becomes a big concern as we get older. This is especially true for women, as hormone changes associated with menopause are one of the potential causes of this condition. However, there is something you can do to combat and prevent this issue: weight-bearing exercise. Weight-bearing exercise is …

Benefits of Stretching

Simple activities can become more difficult as we age, and this is often caused by both a loss of muscle strength and flexibility. Flexibility just means that your muscles and tendons are able to move in such a way that your joints (think knees, hips, elbows, etc.) are able to go through their full range of motion, which just means …

Walking Poles

SCOA seniors enjoy using their walking poles for safe exercise!

Importance of Stretching

As we get older, flexibility becomes even more crucial as it helps us increase our range of motion to accomplish everyday tasks. Stretching exercises are great for seniors as daily stretching can help you to become more flexible and athletic. They can also lower the amount of energy you need to move and prevent injury.  Tips for Effective Stretching:  Warm …

Benefits of Swimming

If you’re looking to start a new exercise routine or looking to change to something lower impact, swimming is a wonderful option. It is low impact and has a low risk of injury while working out all the muscle groups in the body. Read below for more of the health benefits of swimming for older adults. 

Exercise for Arthritis

According to the latest CDC data, it is estimated that over 58 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with arthritis – of those, 49.6% are over the age of 65. Symptoms of arthritis can include pain, swelling, stiffness, decreased motion, and more. While medication is part of treatment, there are exercises seniors can do to help with …