Exercise plans are a great idea for your aging family member. They can help her to sleep better, to boost her energy, and even boost her mood. Keeping these tips in mind will help her to ensure she’s got the right exercise plan for her.
Whether Exercise Is Medically Okay for Her
Whenever your senior considers starting or restarting an exercise plan, it’s imperative that she talks to her doctor. Changes to her existing health can create situations in which exercise either isn’t okay or needs to be done in a certain way. Always talk with her doctor about what types and durations of exercise are right for her.
That She Can Have Fun
Exercise doesn’t have to be horrible. In fact, it can be a lot of fun if your elderly family member finds the right exercise for her. She might enjoy hiking in the woods or just walking around the mall with friends. Every little bit of movement is okay, it’s just important that she’s doing what is okay and enjoyable for her. Your senior may be getting older, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t have a good time while she’s exercising.
That She Needs to Take it Easy, Especially at First
No one jumps into an exercise routine and ramps up immediately. This is definitely true if your senior hasn’t exercised in a while. It takes time to get into a routine and to start to experience results from it. some results are more immediate than others and your elderly family member needs to just take it easy for a while so that she can get used to moving more.
Having an Exercise Buddy Makes Sense
Something else that your senior might want to consider is having an exercise buddy. If she already has friends who want to exercise with her, this is optimal. Often, though, your senior’s friends have moved away or experienced other changes in their lives. Hiring senior care providers can work, too. A senior care provider will know what to watch for in terms of your senior’s health and safety and they make excellent companions on a walk or while your elderly family member exercises at home.
Exercise is going to do your senior family member the most good if she’s consistent with it. She doesn’t have to train like she’s going to go off to the Olympics, but a little bit of movement every day can pay off.
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Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise.
"Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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