If your senior’s doctor has recommended that she take up exercising, walking might be one of the easiest choices for her to try first. She doesn’t need special equipment other than a pair of supportive shoes and it’s great for developing balance.
Local Tracks and Gyms
Lots of areas have an open track that the community can use. Some even have an open-air gym that you can use as you walk a track or trail. Not every area has this availability, of course. Some schools have tracks that they allow community members to use as well. There may be restrictions on track usage, such as only during daylight hours, so make sure you’re aware of that.
Shopping malls have been favorites for walkers for a long time. They’re especially popular in areas in which the weather isn’t so great for a large part of the year. Malls are popular because they have a defined area in which you can walk. If you go during the slower shopping hours, you and your senior might not run into very many people at all. There is an even surface to walk on and your senior will be in a controlled environment without any cars to dodge.
Around the Neighborhood
You really can’t beat walking around the neighborhood, though. First of all, it’s right there. If your senior’s neighborhood is designed with walking in mind, with sidewalks and designated areas, then this is an even better idea. Keep traffic patterns in mind before you make this the go to walking option.
Parks and Nature Trails
For natural beauty, though, nature trails and parks are an excellent option. Look for parks and nature trails that have designated walking areas and that don’t have difficult terrain. If there are items like pine needles covering the walkways, that quickly gets slippery. You’re looking for an enjoyable answer that is also safe for your senior.
Right There at Home
If your elderly family member doesn’t really want to go anywhere, you can both walk right there at home. With a treadmill, you’ll be more aware of the walking you’re doing, of course. But not everyone has the funds or the space for a treadmill. Another option is to put on a good pair of supportive shoes and to walk in place. You’ll walk a lot more than you realize.
Walking with your elderly family member is a fantastic way for you to bond with each other and to spend time together. But you may not always be able to walk with her as often as you’d like to. Elderly care providers can be an excellent answer. They are aware of your senior’s needs and can be enjoyable companions, too.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Jackson, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
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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