Some of us have lived long enough that we know what we want and what we like, and we have the means to create our own personal paradise. It’s a great time to take a look at some of the most popular trends that today’s active seniors are building into their pools.
Pools have become a trendy place for seniors to get their Hydrotherapy and aquatic exercise, relieving joint pain and increasing their bone density and muscle mass. On average, aqua exercise participants increased their strength by 27% in the quadriceps, 40% in the hamstrings, and about 10% in the upper body region. A great way to motivate seniors to get moving is to customize a pool with accessibility features. Creating a beach entry pool, also known as a sloped entry ramp, which allows swimmers to directly access wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility aids while still in the water, create a unique and eye catching look to any pool. Pool lifts, transfer walls and zero entry ramps are, also, great ways for people to easily and safely enter the water.
For the extremely fit senior, the lap pool creates a daily excuse to workout and also invite friends over to socialize. Its a great idea for seniors to build in their own homes, but also for organizations looking to attract a fun and active senior population.
Seniors are more sensitive to water temperature changes, and so proper temperature and water chemistry maintenance are essential. The Red Cross and FINA (The international governing body of swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and open water diving), have set the water temperature for competitive swimming between 77° to 82° F (25°-28°C). Warmer water is less dense and therefore offers less friction as a swimmers body moves through it. Automatic covers and regular maintenance checks can help pool owners maintain the ideal conditions for their personal needs.
California Pools loves working with seniors excited to transform the backyard into the Oasis of their dreams. Give them a call today, you’ve earn it.
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