The outlook for those who have aged has changed over the last few decades, and much of the progress is good. The scenario where an older person is sitting in a rocking chair, barely moving or speaking has been firmly put into the history books. The modern population of older people is now encouraged to keep moving and communicating, and it has enhanced their lives. Elderly activities are many, and most of them are designed to combine easy movement to help both physical and mental agility. Getting them up and going on a regular basis has helped to preserve their ability to function in the world and communicate with it better.
Exercise has many benefits, but the mental clarity it can help produce has often been ignored in people of all ages. Being fit gives a person a better body image, but the benefits do not stop there. Moving oxygenated blood throughout the body at a faster pace helps clear out the toxins in cells, and it provides food and energy to them. Reactivating nearly dormant or dead cells with exercise can change how a person feels physically and mentally.
The elderly, as a group, have often been shunted into a world where little or no movement is expected of them. Their physical frailness was often expected, and people held the belief that letting them rest at the end of a long life was what they had earned. Modern health care practitioners have turned that idea upside down, and now they work to get the elderly moving as much as possible.
Being able to move physically does not require the elderly to be subjected to harsh exercises. Small movements repeated are a good beginning, and advancing to the more active levels of exercise is often accomplished over time. Clearing out the cobwebs that lack of movement has set up can help them function better and enjoy their golden years.