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Exercise Tips for Parkinsons and In Home Elderly Care

Exercise Tips for Parkinsons and In Home Elderly Care

As we age, it is important to keep our bodies as physically fit and active as possible.  This will help with balance, strength, and prevent injuries.  When a loved one is coping with a disease such as Parkinson’s disease, there are many benefits to regular weekly exercise.  Studies have shown that even minimal exercise will help to slow the decline in quality of life for those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease.

For those who are coping with Parkinson’s, the types of exercises that are especially helpful include stretching exercises, aerobic, and strength training.  These activities are key to improving balance and the ability to perform daily activities successfully.

Exercise does not have to be rigorous to be effective.  Help your loved one to choose an activity they enjoy and are likely to continue.  Some light impact physical activities include walking with a friend, swimming, gardening and yoga.  When it comes to staying active, remember that some daily activities can also be considered easy forms of gardening such as vacuuming.  The most important thing to remember is to keep moving.

As with any type of exercise program, it is always recommended to consult a physician before starting.  A physical therapist might also be helpful in the creative process when designing a customized workout plan.  Before an exercise session begins, remember to stretch and to cool down at the end, and to drink lots of fluids after working out to stay hydrated.  Work out in safe environments with good quality lighting and clear floor spaces to prevent falling and injury.  If a gym is preferred, aim to work out near a bar for easy grasping when necessary.  If at home, be sure there are no trip hazards in the area where the exercise session will be performed.

Getting enough rest and relaxation is as important as any exercise routine.  Be sure that your loved one remembers to get a good night’s rest and to stay fully hydrated.  Whenever possible, reduce stress through music, massage and meditation.  Exercising the brain is also very important for keeping healthy and balanced in life.  Reading books, solving puzzles, and crosswords are excellent way to exercise the mind.

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help and the many benefits of professional elderly care or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California.