Geriatrics and Extended Care
Well-Being: Stay Active
Stay active – it’s fun and it has health benefits. You may:
- Feel better
- Be more flexible
- Improve your strength and balance
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce your risk of falls
Choose activities you enjoy. The “best” exercise or activity is the type you will actually do. The goal is to keep moving.
Programs that Work for Veterans
The programs below are either VA programs or are evidence-based programs for older people that are offered in communities across the US. VA does not specifically endorse the non-VA community programs. Open the links to learn about the programs/resources and to find a location near you.
- Gentle Tai Chi, aquatics, and walking routines that are safe, easy to learn, and suited for every fitness level
- Enroll in a class with other people, or buy a DVD to do exercises at home
Gerofit is a VA program of supervised exercise program that improves the health, physical function and well-being of older Veterans. Gerofit is available at several VA Medical Centers.
- Each Veteran receives a tailored exercise program based on their physical profile and personal goals.
- Exercise programs may include treadmills, elliptical machines, stair climbers, bicycles, and other strengthening machines.
- Veterans participate in group based exercises such as Tai Chi, line dancing, balance, and core coordination.
Go4Life (National Institute on Aging campaign)
- Helps you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life
- Offers exercises, tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and stay active
- Includes an exercise guide, a video, and an interactive website
- A national weight management program designed to help Veterans lose weight, keep it off and improve their health.
- An exercise program for active, older adults. Walking, weight training, yoga.