Senior Care in Bridgeport, CT - Even the Lightest of Exercise Can Pay Great Dividends for Seniors
There is an expression that goes, ‘It’s just a walk in the park.’ This basically refers to something that is relatively simple. Going for a walk in the park is considered a simple activity for most people, but for seniors who have difficulty getting around on their own, it can be a particular challenge.
For those looking into various senior care activities that can be beneficial for elderly clients, walking is one of them. April is Physical Wellness Month and there are many physical activities a person can do that can actually be beneficial, even if they don’t seem to be extremely strenuous to the caregiver.
The benefits of walking.
There are numerous benefits to walking for people of all ages. The main focus should be in increasing the pace of the walk to help elevate the heart rate and get the leg muscles the exercise they need. Walking at a relaxed, casual pace isn’t going to provide the same benefits as walking at a brisker pace.
How to walk safely when requiring assistance.
When somebody uses a cane or walker to get around, it may seem almost impossible to get any real exercise from walking. It doesn’t matter whether you actually walk in a local park, at the mall, or up and down the hallway at home. Walking can be done anywhere there is open space and enough room to do it safely.
The goal should be to encourage the individual to increase their pace just a little bit at a time. If they require a walker to get around, you want to make sure that they are not going to be placing themselves at risk of falling, but with the support of that walker, they should be able to get around at a somewhat faster pace than what they normally do.
The in-home care provider could offer the senior’s assistance by walking beside them so that in case they begin to lose their balance for any reason, the caregiver can support them and keep them from falling.
What about heart conditions?
Many seniors and even their family members question whether or not they should be doing anything physically exerting. In truth, most medical professionals will recommend exercise for seniors, even those who are recovering from heart attacks or who have been diagnosed with some type of heart disease. That’s because the heart is a muscle and just like those muscles in the legs that need to get some exercise in order to stay healthy and as strong as possible, the heart also needs exercise to remain strong and fit. As iwth any expected increase in physical activitity you should check with your health care professional.
As the weather turns nicer across the country, it’s a good opportunity to get out and go to a local park that has smooth, level walking surfaces and encourage the senior to get a bit of exercise right now.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Bridgeport, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866.