Mobility is a very important part of senior health. As we age, tired muscles and old bones make us want to stay sedentary. The less you move, the worse your mobility becomes. Staying active in your elder years is vital to maintaining good mobility. Here are some tips to keep your loved one active and mobile.
Any amount of exercise is better than nothing. Exercise is important to maintaining body strength, and can improve overall health. Working out, even lightly, can help increase blood flow, which is critical to good health. It can help it become easier to move around the house if they spend time using their muscles. Take your loved one on short walks when the weather permits. even if they can only go down the block and back, they will enjoy the fresh air and activity. Pools can be a great resource for low-impact exercise for the elderly. Have them take a dip in the pool on occasion in the Summer months; or take them to a water aerobics class at an indoor pool.
Your loved one’s home may not be set up to handle their weakened mobility as they age. Potential hazards such as slippery floors or stairs can be difficult for elderly individuals to live with. Hard flooring such as tile can make it painful to walk, and can be even worse to fall on. Rugs offer potential tripping hazards. Changes in the home such as lower shelves, no-slip mats, and shower bars can help your loved one navigate their home much more safely.
Falling is one of the most common concerns among seniors. Often, falls are caused by an elderly individual not having the strength to maintain balance. Many simple exercises can help your loved one improve their balance. One foot stands while holding onto a chair, or walking heel-to-toe in a safe area can help boost their mobility and balance. Assist as needed. With better balance comes a lessened risk of falls.
Know Their Limits
Your loved one’s mobility is important, but it is also good to understand their limits. You don’t want them to push themselves too hard when exercising. Fatigue and muscle strain can be just as bad, if not worse than muscle weakness. Exercise shouldn’t be too heavy for them. You should help them to do just enough to stay active. Talk with your loved one’s doctor before beginning any regular exercise with them.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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