When thinking about seniors living independently, their physical ability to perform daily activities and help themselves should something happen is an important part of the equation.  In this sense, fitness means more than exercise and activities—we’re talking about the physical strength and endurance necessary for daily living.  We want to know that our loved ones can get around their home, keep themselves clean, get their meals, take their medications, and if they should fall—and are not injured—that they can get up.

If your senior is able to drive, or if they have a “buddy” who is also interested in fitness and will drive them, there are many options for maintaining and improving their physical fitness. First, your senior needs to be cleared by their physician before they start a fitness program. With that approval, there are many programs to choose from. Senior centers in many communities often offer fitness programs. Gyms, fitness centers, local Y programs, and yoga studios often offer customized programs and classes for seniors. Medicare’s Silver Sneakers is one example.

One resource for guidance and practical advice for keeping your senior fit is the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older Adults (age 65 and older).

For personalized services, or if your senior is not able to leave their home, you might consider a certified personal trainer and search our directory.