KEEPING SENIORS HEALTHY:
Help Your Patients Increase Physical Activity for Better Overall Health
We know your patients are important to you and encourage them to be physically active to help avoid chronic diseases and disabilities. Consider the following during your next conversation with a member about exercise:
- Assess the appropriate level of physical activity patients can handle given their medical condition.
- If necessary, refer your patients to exercise professionals, who specialize in physical activity counseling.
- With the input of an exercise professional, develop and monitor an appropriate exercise plan.
Older Patients May Have Special Needs
Though staying active can enhance the quality of your older patients' lives, it's critical that you assess their medical condition to minimize the risk of serious injury when they embark on an exercise routine. An exercise program adapted to the special needs of older patients may include:
- Strength training
- Balance and coordination
- Core stability
- Aerobic activity
- Flexibility training
- Range-of-motion activity
Set Your Patients Up to Succeed
Educate members on the benefits of physical activity. Suggest appropriate interventions to help members overcome challenges they may face, such as exercise counseling, a personal trainer and/or a dietitian to coordinate a suitable nutrition plan.
Integrating regular exercise into your patients’ lives, especially those with more than one chronic condition such as diabetes and high blood pressure or heart disease, offers the opportunity to improve their overall quality of life and sense of well-being.
Increasingly, EmblemHealth is expanding from a traditional health care insurer to a health benefits and wellness company. Not only are we there to support our members when they are sick, but we are proactively encouraging them to maintain their health and live better with chronic conditions. Members have access to a host of health and wellness discounts and services. To help them stay active, especially seniors, the Healthy Discounts Page at emblemhealth.com includes fee reductions on Health Club Memberships. Joining a health club is a great way for seniors to stay active and social which is important for physical and mental well-being.