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Helping Your Loved One Stay Active with In Home Help

Helping Your Loved One Stay Active with In Home Help

The secret to feeling better and living longer is staying active.  Finding a workout routine that works for your aging loved one and helping them stick with it can pay big dividends.  Regular exercise help older people stay independent and may even prevent diabetes, heart trouble, arthritis pain, anxiety and depression. 

You are never too old to start exercising.  In fact, exercise only gets more important with advancing age.  Research shows that no matter what your age, you stand to gain improvements in strength, balance, range in motion, bone density and mental clarity through exercise.  No matter our age, it’s important to keep exercise in mind.  Working on your fitness not only improves your physical health, but also your mental health.  Working out, even on a minimum level, can greatly decrease stress and anxiety levels.

When it comes to our aging loved ones, the right workout is crucial.  You don’t want to push them too hard, but it’s important to get them moving.  Here are some tips on senior work outs:

Make working out fun for your aging loved one.  We said it last month, but we will say it again.  Working out does not have to be a downer.  Even sitting in a chair can be transformed into a workout routine with the right creativity and motivation. 

Regular physical activity can improve your loved one’s quality of life in so many ways.  Doing something your senior loves to do is a great way to stay motivated.  Over exerting themselves or participating in an exercise program that they don’t really like can make them feel exhausted and very likely cause them to discontinue the activity altogether.  If your loved one enjoys swimming or if dancing gets them excited, remind them to do what they enjoy.

Break up the exercise and workout routine.  You don’t have to get all of your physical activities in at once.  Take time outs and break up routines into smaller segments.  This will help keep seniors from getting tired of one activity, as well as help mix up their routine. 

When it comes to beginning a regular exercise routine, remember to begin slowly.  Start with exercises that your senior loved one is already doing comfortably.  Starting slowly makes it less likely they will injure themselves.  Starting slowly also prevents soreness.  Walking is an excellent activity to start with.  Whenever possible, join in.  Your aging loved one isn’t the only one who should be working on their fitness.  Join in!  Motivation is crucial when it comes to getting more active, so encourage your clients by working out by their side.

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional  in home senior care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777!   In home senior care and in home assisted living 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. When you and your family are considering the many options available to help your elderly loved one cope with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disease, look to Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, to make a customized care plan geared to their ability level.  Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara proudly offers in home senior care to all areas of Santa Barbara.  Services are available on a long or short term basis with no contract to sign and flexibility in scheduling.  Call 805-687-7777 today to learn more about productive activities to help your elderly loved one to find a sense of value and purpose in their life.