Keeping active as one ages has a multitude of health benefits not only for the body, but for one’s mind as well. For your aging loved one(s) you may not always be there to help manage their daily habits and ensure that they are getting enough social interaction or daily exercise. According to the National Institute on Aging, “boredom and depression can lead to forgetfulness", and also the American Academy of Family Physicians points to inactivity as "one of the reasons many elderly fail to thrive”.
This is when our CAREGivers can help! With our
in-home care services your loved one can count on our CAREGivers to help manage their daily routine so they can continue to be active and moving. It has been shown that the more active one is as they age it can help stave of mobility issues, and encourage healthy brain activity which can help deter dementia and Alzheimer’s. The idea is to have constant stimulation, this is one thing that will have lasting positive effects for your loved one.
Here are a few ways to get them up and moving without it needing to be “intentional exercise”.
Gardening can be a great way for your loved ones to get some exercise. Maintaining a garden is a fun way to get your loved one outside and to stimulate all of their senses. They will need to get up, walk around and work in the garden giving them exercise. They can also make it a veggie garden promoting a healthy lifestyle! An added bonus! "It's restorative, even if you have dementia," says Dee McGuire, a horticultural therapist at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore. With all of these great benefits gardening can be a fun way to get active.
Exercise classes or trips offered by the community center are another great way to keep your senior loved one mentally and physically active. Who doesn't like a free trip? Our Caregivers provide incidental transportation and can drive your loved one to a class!
Pets make great companions and they give their owners good reason to stay active. Dogs, cats, whatever your pet is they are always full of energy and looking after them encourages your loved one to go outside and go for walks. This in turn keeps your loved one active!
Volunteering is a great way to keep your senior loved one active while also achieving a sense of accomplishment. Whether it's saving the environment, helping out those less fortunate, or working with children and teaching them life lessons, all of these activities will help keeping your senior loved one active. It will get them moving and have them feeling like they are still making an impact on people's lives even as they age.
Board Games are also another great way to keep active. Putting a puzzle together, or playing a game like RISK can be the great for your aged loved one. By playing these games they will be able to stimulate the brain, giving their mind a work out. By doing so you’re helping them stimulate their mental capabilities.
This is something you might need to encourage your aging loved one to start doing, try to be positive about it and find one of the items they enjoy, don’t force it. By giving them an activity or hobby they enjoy doing, it will help them stay youthful and happy.
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