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How to Increase Mobility in Older Adults

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Many seniors experience a decrease in mobility as they age. Some loss of mobility may be inevitable, as a combination of aging muscles, bones, and cardiovascular system makes activity more difficult. However, with a little bit of effort seniors can maintain their mobility for years. Here are a few ways to promote mobility in the elderly. 

Use Mobility Aids

In some cases, seniors stop being active because they’re worried about falling. This is especially common in seniors who have already experienced injuries. Mobility aids can help seniors get back on their feet, and canes and walkers can give them the confidence they need to walk with pride. 

Seniors who need assistance with mobility can benefit from professional home care. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Phoenix home care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

Exercise Daily

Seniors who aren’t active enough will notice a decrease in their mobility levels. Physical health is essential to mobility, and seniors should exercise every day. While active seniors may prefer taking classes at a nearby gym, less athletic individuals can still get their daily dose of exercise. A simple walk in the park is often enough to stretch the joints and keep the muscles moving. An exercise routine is easier to keep when it’s enjoyable. Seniors should look for a form of exercise they enjoy, whether it’s water aerobics or power walking. 

Practice Posture

Having correct posture is one of the most important components of mobility. When seniors have difficulty walking, it’s often because the muscles in their lower body have atrophied and their posture has thrown them off balance. To rectify incorrect posture, seniors should do daily posture exercises like spine extensions and wall tilts. They should also try to sit and stand in correct alignment. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but it will soon become habit. 

Professional in-home caregivers can assist seniors with exercises and other daily activities. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Phoenix respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Get Treated Early

Posture and muscle atrophy are two of the main causes of limited mobility in seniors. Another primary cause is illness. If they have prolonged illnesses, many seniors never return to their previous mobility levels. To prevent loss of mobility, seniors should get treated often and early. This is especially important if they notice symptoms associated with mobility, like tremors or joint pain. 

Switch to Healthy Meals

To maintain mobility, it’s important to keep the bones strong. Many seniors are affected by osteoporosis, a condition that turns bones brittle and weak. Senior diets should be rich with calcium and vitamin D, as these essential nutrients can prevent bone decay. People can find these nutrients in several healthy foods and beverages. For calcium, seniors should turn to low-fat milk, yogurt, broccoli, kale, and almonds. For vitamin D, seniors should eat egg yolks, salmon, tuna, and liver.

If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Phoenix Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your senior loved one, call us at 602.388.1085 today.