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5 Simple Tips for Being More Active during Healthy Aging Month

By Vicki and Brian Day

Elderly Care in Bath PA

Simply because your parent is getting older does not mean that they are not able to enjoy a healthy, fulfilling way of life. September is Healthy Aging Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you to evaluate your care efforts and your parent's lifestyle so that you can make meaningful changes that will encourage them to live and age better throughout their later years. One of the most effective ways that you can do this is by encouraging them to get more active. Maintaining a high level of physical activity throughout their later years will help them to keep their body functioning at its best and ward off a wide variety of health complications and concerns, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and arthritis.

Try some of these simple ways to encourage your parent to be more active during Healthy Aging Month and throughout the rest of the year:

• Do more tasks for themselves. Your aging parent may be suffering from challenges and limitations that keep them from being able to handle their home and personal care tasks in the way that they used to. This does not mean, however, that they should not be doing anything on their own. Encouraging your loved one to handle more for themselves can get them more physically active, as well as more mentally active.

• Park further out. Do not immediately go looking for the closest parking space when you go out with your aging parent. Instead, find a parking space that is halfway out in the lot or further. These extra steps will add up to much more physical activity that will burn calories and fat, get the heart rate up, and condition and strengthen the joints.

• Volunteer. Giving back to the community is a wonderful way for your parent to boost their mental and emotional health, feel more engaged and relevant, and get out of the home more often. This means that they have more opportunities for physical activity. Help them choose a volunteer opportunity that is right for their capabilities and interests so that they remain engaged and enjoy their new active lifestyle.

• Walk and talk. Talking on the phone is a great way for your parent to maintain contact with their friends and family. These conversations, however, can result in long periods of not moving. Instead, encourage them to have a "walk and talk" rule. This means that any time that they are talking on the phone, they should be walking around their home.

• Use simple equipment. Workout equipment does not have to be complex or expensive for it to benefit your parent. Something simple like a stepper is very small but can let your parent exercise while watching television or having conversations.

Starting elderly care for your aging parent can be a fantastic way to help them live a lifestyle that is healthier and more active. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a schedule that is right for them, and for you, to help them be more active, more independent, and more fulfilled in their daily life. This will encourage them to live a better quality of life as they age in place, improving their mental and emotional health, and their physical well-being for the rest of their life.