How to Increase Arm Strength in the Elderly

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How to Boost Arm Strength in Aging Adults

By Carolina Orosa, 9:00 am on

As your loved one ages, he or she may experience difficulty lifting items, rising from a bed or chair, or performing other movements that require using upper arm strength. However, there are activities and exercises your loved one can do to increase arm strength and remain physically active, socially engaged, and in good health and spirits. Here are some fun activities your loved one should consider. 

Go Golfing 

A day of swinging golf clubs is the perfect way for seniors to strengthen their arms. This fun hobby requires movements that work out the arms and build muscle strength. To boost your loved one’s muscle strength, ask him or her to help you carry some of the bags. If your loved one is capable of carrying around some of the equipment, encourage him or her not to ask for a caddie. However, if you see your loved one growing tired, have a caddie take care of the lifting and transporting. 

Maintaining a high quality of life can be challenging for some seniors, but professional caregivers can help them obtain this goal. Families can trust in Vancouver, BC, in-home care experts to help their elderly loved ones focus on lifestyle choices that increase the chances of living a longer and healthier life.

Take Up Gardening

Gardening enhances hand-eye coordination, boosts arm strength, and helps seniors preserve their minds, build energy, and stave off cognitive decline. Some of the actions that keep the muscles strong include hoeing, watering the plants, and harvesting the crops. As an added bonus, your loved one can enjoy the great outdoors and grow some healthy foods that boost his or her overall health. 

Lift Weights

Reaching to higher shelves, moving in and out of chairs, and using upper arm strength can be a little easier after adding weight lifting to an exercise routine. Your loved one can hold the weights while sitting or standing, using a chair or table as a prop. Make sure your loved one straightens his or her elbows and inhales and exhales when lifting the weights. Weight lifting makes it easier to complete daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and cooking.

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Dance 

Listening to good music is relaxing for the mind and body, and it is also a fun activity that can increase arm strength in seniors. The dipping and swinging movements your loved one completes when dancing can build his or her arm muscles. Your loved one can dance at home with family and friends or take a dancing class in the community. 

Go Horseback Riding 

If there is a nearby trail that offers horseback riding, consider taking your loved one there. The constant pressure makes this a fun exercise that is good for the arms. You can also encourage your loved one to brush the horse and help with other grooming that is allowed by the facility. Riding a horse can be a good workout that provides the opportunity to use different arm muscles.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Vancouver, BC, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Call us at 778-279-3634 and create a customized care plan for your elderly loved one.