For many people, perhaps even your aging family member, exercise is not the most fun activity they could add to their day. You may need to get a little bit creative when it comes to helping your elderly family member learn to enjoy exercising. Always talk to her doctor first to make sure that exercise is okay.
Find Some Specific Benefits Your Senior Can Relate To
Exercise can impart so many different benefits to your elderly family member that it’s difficult to keep up with them all. But what’s really the issue for her? Usually there are a few different aspects of her life with which exercise can be a huge help. Perhaps she has balance issues or she needs to rebuild her strength. Focus on what she really needs and that can help her to decide to commit to exercise.
Use Activities Your Senior Already Does
If your aging adult is still doing housework, for example, tie in some stretching or other exercises with those household tasks. Other activities, such as gardening or nature walks, can also tie in well with a new exercise routine. Figure out how to incorporate exercise seamlessly into things that she is already engaging in on a daily basis.
Getting Some Exercise at All Is Better than Waiting for the Right Time
If you or your aging adult are waiting for the right time to exercise or the right amount of time spent in exercise, that’s not as important as you might think. Just getting your elderly family member moving a little more now and again can do a lot of good. Consistency is more what you’re going for in the beginning.
Gradually Increase the Exercise
As your elderly family member exercises more and she builds up stamina, her doctor may give you the okay to increase the amount and duration of the exercise she does. She might even be ready to try exercises that are more strenuous in general or simply new to her. Work with your aging adult to find a combination that she enjoys and wants to stick with for a while.
Let elderly care providers know how and when your aging adult exercises so that they can help her stick to her routine.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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