Make Age just a number
Updated: Mar 31, 2022
Attributable to biological aging and its connection to chronic lowered levels of activity, sedentary behavior has a causal relationship with muscle atrophy and degeneration. While both aging and activity level play a role in this, myofibers have been proven to show gains when engaged in physical activity. Research continues to show that a decrease in overall muscle mass is associated with decreased physical function, increased risk of physical limitations, increased risk of a variety of chronic diseases, as well as overall decreased quality of life (Rizzoli et al., 2013). Exercise can be used as a powerful form of treatment for these physiologic changes and health risks associated with aging and to ultimately increase one’s sense of well-being. Throughout scientific literature, there is an acknowledged association between physical activity and well-being, along with its influence on mood and other anxiety or depressive symptoms. In the article, “Exercise for the treatment of depression and anxiety,” the author writes, “Physical activity has been consistently shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and psychological well-being. Conversely, physical inactivity appears to be associated with the development of psychological disorders” (Carek et al., 2011). To decrease the rate of disease or age-related health consequences including wellbeing/life satisfaction, participation in physical activity is of significant value. Aging successfully is multifactorial, but it is essential to recognize the influential role physical activity can have for older populations seeking greater stability and sense of self regarding their overall physical, mental, and emotional health.
As healthcare workers aim to support patient health in an all-encompassing fashion, innovative care methods can benefit the service and quality of care. For aging adults, the home itself can be considered an aspect of overall health and well-being. La Casa, recognizes the home in this way, to improve quality of life for individuals seeking to age successfully within their own homes. La Casa uses age-care technology to aid in this pursuit of helping older populations to live well at home for as long as possible, using AI based technology and interventions to support it’s service users, as well as caregivers to better monitor safety and other physical, emotional, and psychological health outcomes.