The more information that your senior has when it’s time for her to start an exercise plan, the better she’ll be able to take care of herself. Start out with a trip to her doctor, where she can get most of her big questions answered right out of the gate.
What She Should Avoid
Not all exercise is created equal, especially if your senior has specific health conditions that dictate what type of exercise and how much of it she can do. Knowing what types and duration of exercise are not beneficial gives your senior a better idea what she should be doing for exercise.
How Her Existing Health Affects Exercise
It might seem as if knowing what to avoid gives your elderly family member an idea how her health affects her exercise plans, but this is a little bit different. People with diabetes, for example, may need to adjust medication or their diet because they’re moving more. If your senior has arthritis, she may need to know which symptoms mean it’s okay to exercise and which ones mean that she needs to take a day or two to rest instead.
How Much Is Too Much
Before your aging adult even starts exercising, she needs to know what amount of exercise is just enough. There’s no benefit to your elderly family member to keep working out or pushing herself to work out harder. The purpose here isn’t to become a bodybuilder or to run a marathon. What she’s trying to do is to get a little healthier through moving more.
That She Doesn’t Have to Do it Alone
Exercise doesn’t have to be a solitary activity for your aging adult. If possible, it is a great way for you and your elderly family member to bond a bit more. Otherwise, having other family members or elder care providers available can help your senior to relax and know that she’s got someone there watching out for her.
Once you and your aging adult have a solid exercise plan, you can start to put it into effect. Even a little bit more movement each day is a big plus.
If you or a senior family member are considering elderly care in Totowa, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Caring Solutions Home Care LLC. In-home senior care servicing Bergen & Passaic Counties. Call today (973) 427-3553.
I started my career as an ICU nurse over 30 years ago. I have functioned as an educator and preceptor mentoring new nurses in the clinical arena. I have sat on many Patient Care committees authoring a variety of patient care protocols.
In 2007, I saw an opportunity to improve the delivery of patient care services in the home and founded Caring Solutions Home Care. Over the last 10 years I have functioned as the Director of Nursing overseeing all client care, administrative and personnel operations.