Staying physically active helps older adults live longer with a better quality of life, but getting seniors up and moving isn’t always easy. The secret to success lies in choosing activities that your loved one will truly enjoy. Not sure which exercises would be most appropriate? Try these four senior-friendly activities, presented by the Centennial elder care experts at Home Care Assistance:
- Join a Tai Chi Class – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites Tai Chi as a great physical activity for seniors because it focuses on getting in touch with one’s center of balance. The slow and deliberate movements of Tai Chi are performed in a standing position, which make the discipline perfect for older adults of all fitness levels.
- Get in the Swim of Things – Performing exercises in the pool is a great way to get fit without putting too much stress on the body. With a handful of gyms and community centers starting to offer water exercise classes for seniors, the options are endless. Some classes focus on building strength and endurance while others work on increasing flexibility and balance. There are even classes available that are designed to alleviate the pain of arthritis.
- Try a Chair Yoga Session – Another popular exercise option is Chair Yoga, which is practiced while sitting on a chair or while standing and using the chair for support. If you can’t find a class in your family member’s neighborhood, consider downloading a Chair Yoga video. Exercise videos are ideal for seniors who prefer exercising in the comfort and privacy of home.
- Dance to the Music – Dancing has long been recognized as a great physical activity, and recent studies show that it’s beneficial for strengthening cognitive abilities too. Whether it’s a structured class or a free-wheeling activity enjoyed at home with friends and family, dancing is often cited by seniors as one of the most enjoyable forms of exercise around.
Before beginning a new exercise regimen, be sure to speak with your loved one’s doctor or physician. They will be able to perform a health evaluation and determine which activities are safe for your loved one to perform. While some seniors will be able to perform the above exercises alone, some may want to consider assistance with exercises from family or professional caregivers to maximize safety and comfort at all times. Click here to learn more about hourly home caregivers in Centennial and the South Metro Denver area.
Interested in more information about senior care at home? Contact a Care Manager today at 303-957-3100 and set up a free, in-home consultation with Home Care Assistance of Centennial.