You and your parent undoubtedly know all of the benefits that increased activity bring into one’s life. An active lifestyle has been shown to increase your energy, maintain or help you lose weight as well as increase mobility, flexibility and balance. The increased circulation even helps the brain and can slow down memory loss as well as the progression of some diseases such as Alzheimer’s. If your parent has never been involved in exercise to any degree, they will need to start slow, but they can safely incorporate it into their life and increase their well-being.
Start out Slow.
It’s always best to check with their primary health care provider before instituting an exercise program. They may have recommended limits or suggestions as well as prescribe a physical therapist if they feel there are certain exercises that should or should not be performed. There are certain situations, such as for those that have had hip replacement surgery, that will need to be overseen by a therapist in the initial stages of developing an exercise routine.
Helping your Parent Avoid Injury.
It’s best to start with low-intensity workouts. These include walking, swimming and biking on a surface without an incline or on a stationary bike. Make sure your loved one has the appropriate shoes for their exercise of choice. Age can diminish the fat pad that supports and protects the bottom of the feet. Running shoes are designed with extra support and are a good choice for your parent. Other shoes that provide extra comfort, support and cushioning, and are specifically designed for seniors, include Hush Puppies Gil Slip-On for men and their Power Walker Sneakers for women. And don’t forget to increase your parent’s water intake as they increase their exertion level.
Exercises to Consider.
Other low-impact exercises to consider are tai chi and water aerobics. Due to their popularity, they are often offered at the local senior community center or YMCA and are geared for seniors.
Tai chi is a gentle form of Chinese martial arts that incorporates slow deliberate movements with mindful awareness. It is shown to increase flexibility, balance and strength.
Water aerobics are a low-impact form of exercise that is good for those with chronic pain or arthritis as well as those with balance or fear of falling issues. The water’s buoyancy takes the weight off distressed joints as well as adding resistance to the workout.
Elder Care Provider.
An elder care provider not only assists your loved one with the daily activities of living, they also provide transportation and accompany your parent on social outings and daily walks, as well as running necessary errands. One of the most important services they provide is the companionship that makes the elderly years that much more enjoyable.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Oakland, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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