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How Can Your Senior Incorporate More Movement into Every Day?

By Denise Roskamp

Getting just a little more movement into her day can help your senior to improve her health quite a bit. Always be sure to verify with her doctor that exercise is right for your elderly family member and then consider adding some of these activities into the mix.

Turn up the Music and Dance

Dance breaks are a whole lot of fun and your senior can get quite a bit of exercise this way. Doing these together is a great way to bond and to share a few silly minutes together. You can use dance breaks as a reward or motivation for both of you, too. Find music that really gets you moving for the best results. Slow ballads or music that doesn't get your senior fired up just won't work as well.

Get out and Do Some Yard Work or Gardening

Gardening and yard work are excellent ways to get some exercise in while doing something that needs to be done anyway. You want to make sure that your senior is only pushing herself as much as she should so that she doesn't overdo it. Yard work can help your senior to feel accomplished and more independent while giving her a great workout.

Try a Gym or Fitness Classes

Your senior doesn't have to join a gym or go to a fitness class in order to get healthier, but sometimes it helps. This also gives your aging adult a way to try out exercises that she might not be able to do at home without the same equipment. If she's not able to drive herself, hire elder care providers who can drive for her and make sure that your senior can make it to every class she's interested in trying.

Take Daily Nature Walks

Getting out in nature is good for your aging adult on so many different levels. It's a great change of scenery, too. Being out in nature can distract your senior from the fact that she's actually getting a workout in for the day. Many areas have nature trails, but you can make a walk in the neighborhood a great nature hike, too.

Just a little more movement each day than the one before can make a big difference for your aging adult. Encourage her to avoid overdoing it, but keep looking for fun ways to get moving.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN WESTON, MA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS TODAY. CALL NOW (508) 545-0164.