Senior Care in Tempe AZ: 5 Ideas for Physical Activity with Your Elderly Parent

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5 Ideas for Physical Activity with Your Elderly Parent



Senior Care in Tempe AZ

Senior Care in Tempe AZYou already know that physical activity is an important part of staying healthy and enjoying life to the fullest. As a family caregiver, however, you also recognize that your elderly loved one might struggle with limitations and challenges that keep them from being able to be as active as they should be. Finding activities that are approachable while still being appropriately challenging can help them to get the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of regular activity while also feeling confident that they are safe and healthy. Integrating physical activity into your regular routine with your parent can also benefit your relationship, helping you to stay bonded and make special memories with your loved one. Remember to contact your doctor before you engage in strenuous activity or make any diet changes.

Try these ideas for physical activity with your elderly parent:

• Swimming. Exercising in water can be one of the best ways to stay physically active with your elderly parent. The water helps to support your parent, reducing the pressure and strain on their joints, encouraging greater range of motion, and providing soothing relief from pain and stiffness while also offering valuable resistance. Look into joining a community center or gym so that you can have access to an indoor pool and exercise throughout the year.

• Yoga. Yoga is a fantastic form of exercise for all ages. This ancient practice uses balance, resistance, and controlled breathing to burn calories, calm the mind, and improve flexibility and range of motion.

• Stair climbing. If your aging parent is capable, consider adding stair climbing to their routine can encourage them to burn calories, strengthen their muscles and joints, maintain greater balance, and support range of motion and flexibility. Go slowly and be sure to provide plenty of assistance to reduce the risk of falls and other problems.

• Weightlifting. Resistance training is vital to a strong and healthy body. Integrating weights into your parent’s exercise helps to keep their muscles, bones, and joints stronger. You do not have to use heavy weights to get benefits. In fact, just using handheld weights that weight a pound or two to do arm curls can be beneficial.

• Balance challenges. Balance helps to support mobility but also reduces fall risk and reduces the chances that your senior will experience serious consequences related to those falls. Encourage your parent to increase their balance by grasping the back of a chair and lifting one foot off of the ground, holding it in place, and then putting it down. As they progress, try only holding the chair by one hand, lifting their feet higher, and increasing the amount of time that they hold their feet up.

Starting senior care for your elderly loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver journey. The highly personalized services of a senior home care services provider are specifically designed not just with your parent’s challenges and limitations in mind, but also their personality, thoughts, beliefs, and goals. This means that they can live the lifestyle that they desire and deserve while also staying safe, comfortable, healthy, and happy. As a family caregiver this can give you greater confidence knowing that they are getting everything that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not. When it comes to helping your parent stay more active, this care provider can encourage them to find activities that they enjoy, support
them in staying consistent with those activities, and providing assistance to handle the activities safely and comfortably.

https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/exercises

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Tempe, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.

Mike Endredy, Owner
Mike has been involved with home care for the last 11 years as the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare of the East Valley (Phoenix AZ). 
Mike was brought to the home care industry like many folks through a need to care for my father near the end of his life. 
"Although my mother was the primary caregiver there was not a service to use that can offer relief for my mother and from 2,000 miles away I was not able to provide the care personally he needed.  It was however, a few years after my father's passing that I personally decided to change careers, leaving a career in engineering.  I have never looked back.  Making a difference in people's lives changes you more profoundly than anything and I love that experience.  In the eleven years of making a difference my exceptional team of caregivers and staff have made a difference through providing over 2 million hours worth of care.  This journey is just beginning.  Making a difference in somebody's life or a family members life is why I do what I do.  The hurdles, the heartbreak and the pain that comes makes me stronger and more determined to help another. " - Mike Endredy

 

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