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Get Up and Out on the Dance Floor and It Can Promote Positive Home Care

By Greg and Hilary Eldridge

Home Care in Johns Creek GA

International Dance Day is April 29th and if you have been looking for ways to promote positive home care for elderly loved ones, especially if you are trying to find activities that can give them the exercise they need to stay asHome Care in Johns Creek AL healthy as possible, dancing might never have crossed your mind.

The idea of getting exercise for seniors is a complicated one. Many family members who take on the role of being a caregiver (which there are approximately 44 million, according to the AARP) often focus on safety and security for their elderly loved ones as a priority. As a result, they may discourage various activities, especially dancing.

It’s easy to dismiss the benefits of exercise for a senior who may be dealing with any number of health issues, including a heart attack, recovering from a stroke, who had recently overcome pneumonia, and much more. The tendency is to encourage seniors to take it easy, to rest, and not “overdo it.”

Most doctors agree that exercise is essential for people of all ages, including seniors who recently suffered from a heart attack. Exercise helps to stimulate activity in the muscles of the legs, arms, and the rest of the body and also increase heart rate. It is that latter component that has a tendency to make many people worry about their elderly loved ones. Increasing heart rate is often associated with an increased risk of heart attack, but that is simply not true.

Cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction are more often caused by other issues rather than simply elevating the heart rate. Elevating heart rate helps to give the heart muscle the exercise it needs to remain strong and pump blood through the body more efficiently.

Getting up and out on the dance floor doesn’t necessarily mean taking the senior to a nightclub and letting him or her have fun among the crowd. The dance floor could be simply the kitchen floor, a professional dance studio with an experienced instructor who has worked with other elderly clients in the past, or even from a wheelchair.

The goal should be encouraging physical movement, whether they are bedridden, in a wheelchair, or able to walk around well enough on their own. There are many different types of dance and music that the senior can enjoy to help them get the right level of exercise.

Always keep in mind, though, that the senior should consult his or her doctor first before taking on any new physical exercise routine or regimen.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for home care in Johns Creek, AL, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers of Alpharetta. Call today (678) 430-8511.