Rockers and Gliders in Long Term Care

As we age, our bodies naturally undergo a number of changes. Muscles weaken, joints stiffen, and balance becomes more difficult. However, one simple activity can help counteract many of these effects: rocking.

Rocking is a low-impact exercise that involves gently swaying back and forth in a chair. While it might seem like a simple activity, rocking has a number of significant benefits for seniors:

  1. Improves balance and coordination

Rocking requires you to engage your core muscles and maintain your balance while moving. Over time, this can help improve balance and coordination, making it easier to navigate uneven surfaces and reduce your risk of falls.

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety

Rocking has a calming effect on the body and mind, which can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. The rhythmic motion of rocking can also help regulate breathing and promote relaxation.  This is especially beneficial in memory care settings.

  1. Relieves pain and discomfort

For seniors with arthritis or other conditions that cause joint pain or stiffness, rocking can be a gentle way to alleviate discomfort. The motion of rocking can help loosen stiff joints and increase blood flow to the affected areas, reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

  1. Enhances cognitive function

Research has shown that rocking can stimulate the brain and improve cognitive function. The repetitive motion of rocking can help improve focus and attention, while the sensation of movement can help reduce symptoms of depression and dementia.

  1. Provides socialization opportunities

Rocking can be a social activity, allowing seniors to interact with others and engage in conversation while they move. This can help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation and promote a sense of community.


Overall, rocking can provide a range of physical and emotional benefits for seniors.  However, getting out of a rocking chair can be dangerous for seniors who use the chair for balance during egress.  The Thera-Glide Safety Glider addresses this danger by automatically locking as soon as the individual begins to stand up.  This makes the Thera-Glide Safety Glider an ideal chair for senior living.

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