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Senior Care: Best Exercises for Seniors with Osteoporosis

Senior Care in Modesto CA: Senior Care: Best Exercises for Seniors with Osteoporosis

Senior Care in Modesto CA: Best Exercises for Seniors with Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can cause bones to become brittle and weak. This makes the osteoporosis sufferer (or her caregiver or senior care aide) think that she shouldn’t do physical exercise, so as not to risk causing fractures. However, this could not be further from the truth.

Physical exercise is actually a great way to improve one’s health with osteoporosis. Strengthening the muscles helps to protect the bones they surround, which doesn’t just make your body stronger, but makes you feel stronger and more capable and confident as well.

While you do still have to be careful not to over-do it, there are many exercises that seniors with osteoporosis can do that will make them feel much better. It is recommended, though, that the senior do these exercises in the presence of a loved one or a senior care aide, in case of a fall.

Here are four different types of exercises recommended for osteoporosis sufferers:

  1. Aerobic exercises – Weight-bearing aerobic exercises are exercises that are performed while the person exercising supports their body weight with their bones. Some examples of this include dancing, walking, and stair-climbing. These exercises are effective because they not only strengthen your muscles and bones, but they get your heart rate up as well, which provides a whole host of health benefits for your entire body.
  2. Strength-based exercises – Strength-based exercises build muscle, which in turn supports the bones. Wight lifting and using resistance bands is a great way to train your muscles, and is very effective at strengthening the muscles in your spine. This type of exercise also helps add bone density – something that is very important in people with osteoporosis.
  3. Balance exercises – Falling can cause many problems for people with osteoporosis, including fractured or broken bones. The best way to combat this risk is to reduce the likelihood of falling in the first place. Exercises such as standing on one leg or doing yoga or tai chi can greatly help to improve one’s balance, making you much less likely to fall.
  4. Stretching exercises – Stretching gets the blood flowing throughout your body, and helps to keep your joints in good shape. People with osteoporosis should not do stretches that involve bending over or twisting the spine excessively, but a light stretch in the arms and legs is usually fine, as long as the body is warmed up.

As you can see, there are many ways to keep in shape without hurting oneself. Don’t let osteoporosis keep your loved one from being healthy and feeling good! All it takes is a bit of exercise each day, under the supervision of you or your senior care aide, and you will see a world of difference in your loved one. They will not only be stronger, they will feel stronger, and will be less afraid to get out and experience things.

These exercises could be exactly what your senior needs to give them back the confidence they may have lost when they learned about their osteoporosis, and you’ll feel better too, for having helped them to feel better.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Modesto, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

Source:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoporosis/in-depth/osteoporosis/art-20044989?pg=2

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

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