How to Run Group Exercise Sessions for the Elderly

How to Run Group Exercise Sessions for the Elderly

By Susan Berg

Found In: Activities Articles Exercise

We all know that exercise is good for us but for some reason, the older we get, the less we do. Contrary to popular belief, poor balance and muscle weakness has a lot more to do with inactivity than age.

We all know that exercise is good for us but for some reason, the older we get, the less we do. Contrary to popular belief, poor balance and muscle weakness has a lot more to do with inactivity than age.

In this article we cover:

  • The Benefits of Exercise for the Elderly
  • How to Get Resident to Participate
  • Make Group Exercises Fun with Props
  • Use Music to Lift Spirits
  • Keep Sessions Short
  • Tips for Running Group Sessions
  • Sample Exercise Routine

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Jacqulyn 22nd Sep 2017
Thanks for the creative info! Just what we needed!
Edie 15th Sep 2017
I went to thrift stores and collected Frisbees as props. We pretend like we're driving and the frisbee is our steering wheel. We need to turn our necks to do our shoulder checks etc... There are a variety of other activities you can do with them as well. I also use thera-bands to strengthen and add variety. With a good joke at the beginning, good music throughout and a back rub at the end, it's a winning ticket. By offering variety and social interaction, I was able to take the group from 4 to 14 participants in 2 weeks time. You could also take PVC pipe, fill with sand and cap each end to create varying weight bars.
Residents love these!
Edie N.
Oshkosh, Wi
Solange 16th Sep 2017
Wonderful Edie! Thank you for sharing!
Susan 13th Sep 2017
I was always a big proponent of exercise.
After a time I like to vary the routine to keep it fresh.
Kristin 12th Sep 2017
I loved the exercise article! I enjoy doing a morning and afternoon exercise session with my residents. I never thought of using props. What a great idea! Andi love the idea of singing the various songs and the counting. Excellant!!! I'll be eager to add new life to my routine! Thank you and I'm so enjoying all the wonderful ideas in this forum! :)
Darla 12th Sep 2017
Fantastic!
Thank you Susan.
We are always looking for ways to promote exercise program, and you have given good examples.

Appreciated,
the recreation/activity staff at Columbia House
Janet 12th Sep 2017
This is great! Thanks so much!!
Susan 11th Sep 2017
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