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Tips for Helping Your Older Loved One Start Exercising

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Even if your senior loved one hasn’t exercised in years, he or she can still enjoy the many benefits of exercise at any age. Many aging adults are resistant to the idea of starting a new activity program, but convincing them to do so is beneficial. Here are some ways to get your loved one started on a new exercise program so he or she can maintain better physical and psychological health.

See the Doctor

Have your loved one see the physician for a complete checkup to make sure your parent can start a new exercise program safely. The doctor will also discuss the importance of getting regular exercise. For example, aerobic exercise lowers blood pressure, promotes good circulation, enhances lung function, helps with weight loss, and lowers cholesterol. If your loved one has degenerative joint disease, he or she may need to take pain medication an hour or so before exercising.

Take Destination Walks

Exercise can be unpleasant for some people, especially for seniors with dementia who may get bored easily. Going to a favorite restaurant, store, park, or neighbor’s home may give your loved one an incentive to walk. The anticipation of reaching an enjoyable destination may be just the impetus he or she needs to become enthusiastic about exercise. 

If you usually help your loved one exercise but need a break now and then, consider having a professional caregiver take over for you. Phoenix respite care professionals can assist seniors with a wide array of daily tasks, offering family caregivers the chance to focus on other personal responsibilities or take a break to prevent burnout. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or a few days a week, respite care is the perfect solution for family caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed.

Buy New Equipment

New exercise equipment—such as a stationary bicycle, pedal exerciser, kettlebell, rowing machine, or free weights—can inspire seniors to get started with a new exercise routine. If you’re unable to afford new exercise equipment, consider purchasing used equipment. Always make sure the exercise equipment is in good working order and each piece of equipment is simple to use. Another alternative is to rent equipment, which allows your loved one to try it out before buying it. If your loved one decides to purchase the rented equipment, a portion of the rental fee may go toward the purchase price.

Most seniors are able to enjoy the benefits of exercise, especially with the help of a trained professional caregiver. Phoenix at-home care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.

Discuss the Benefits of Pet Ownership

Elderly people may not be inspired to exercise even though they know how healthy it is. However, they may be interested in walking with their dogs once they discover how healthy exercise is for pets. Dogs are part of the family, and many seniors, especially those who don’t have children, view their dogs as their children. Walking helps both seniors and dogs lose weight, get stronger, and sleep better. Make sure to take the dog to the veterinarian for a checkup so the doctor can assess the animal’s joints. Arthritic dogs may experience joint pain and inflammation as well as morning stiffness if they walk on cement or other hard surfaces for too long. 

Seniors who need help exercising safely can benefit from the help of a trained professional caregiver. Home care service experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently. Trust your loved one’s care to the professionals at Home Care Assistance. Call us today at 602.388.1085 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.