Arm Stretches for Seniors and the Elderly

Overhead Reach

Arm stretches for seniors and the elderly will increase your flexibility and greatly help with daily functional movements using the upper body. Think how many situations you encounter which requires good arm motions like reaching to a high shelf, picking up the Sunday paper, taking food out of the microwave.

Arm stretches like the overhead reach below will give you more range of motion and maybe even help with some of your shoulder stiffness and pain.

Purpose of this exercise

Increase the range of motion in your shoulder and upper back. Help improve your ability to reach, as in getting a pan out of the cabinet or ice cream out of the freezer.

Step 1

Sit comfortably in your chair.Inhale and interlace your hands on your lap.


Step 2

Exhale as you raise your arms overhead. Return to the start position and repeat 10 times.



Inhale during the upward movement phase. Exhale during the downward movement phase.


Sit with your spine straight and your ribs lifted.

Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Only lift your arms as high as is comfortable.Pause after you have extended your arms overhead.

Take it up a notch

With your arms overhead, lean to the right side for a few seconds before lowering arms. Then repeat on the left side during the next lift.

How to do Overhead Reach

How to do Overhead Reach

More Upper Body Flexibility Exercises

1. Shoulder And Upper Back Stretch

2. Shoulder Rolls

3. Neck Side Stretch

4.Neck Rotation

5. Shoulder Circles

6. Shoulder Stretch

7. Chest Stretch

8. Overhead Reach

9. Reach Back

10. Triceps Stretch

11. Hand Stretch

12. Arm Raises

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