Sarcopenia is a word you may not have heard of, but you are probably already experiencing as you grow older. The term describes age-related muscle mass and function decrease. Everyone’s muscles become more prominent and stronger from birth to age 30. Our muscle mass begins to deteriorate about 3-5% each decade after that. The less active you are, the more you can lose. Even active people will lose some muscle. Sarcopenia accelerates around age 75 but can happen as early as 65 or as late as 80. It can cause you to become weak, leading to falls and potential fractures.
You can slow down the effects with strength training. The personal support workers (PSWs) at Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga can get you or your loved one to, and from physical therapy or the gym, so you can thwart the effects of sarcopenia. Our professional caregivers are happy to help you stay at home and independent for as long as possible. Go ahead, unretire yourself!
When you take a moment to understand the symptoms and causes of sarcopenia, you have the weapons to fight it. In general, it includes weakness and loss of stamina which impedes your physical activity. The less active you are, the more your muscles shrink.
There are a few known causes:
Strength training is not about worrying that you have to get up at 4 AM and down raw eggs before doing a leg press with 250 pounds. It is about doing the right exercises to increase your muscle strength and endurance. When you get into the gym, you can reap these benefits:
Take back control of your health and enjoy more vitality when you develop a strength training regimen. Be sure to work with an experienced professional trainer or a physical therapist to ensure you do your exercises safely. Get back-up support when you enlist the services of a home care professional or PSW from Home Instead Senior Care. Our caregivers are ready to join in and give you and your family the assistance you need to keep you living independently in your home.
Call us at (905) 276-2273 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in the Mississauga area.
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