It has been proven that physical activity and daily exercise provide a variety of benefits for the mind, body and more. Especially important for older adults, staying active is often associated with remaining independent. Seniors who maintain an active lifestyle as they age are able to avoid weakened muscles that could lead to falls, accidents and injuries in the home.
To promote independence for seniors, Home Care Assistance of Vancouver recommends exercises in the following key areas:
- Strength: light weight training with dumbbells helps maintain muscle strength and also helps to increase metabolism. If dumbbells aren’t available, use regular household products such as soup cans or full water bottles.
- Balance: leg raises can help enhance balance which is an important component in fall prevention. Seniors can also alternate standing on one foot to improve balance, an exercise that can easily be done in any room of the home.
- Flexibility: routine stretching helps seniors maintain mobility and movement which will allow for more activity with age. Another opportunity to stay flexible and active is through yoga classes that focus on stretching, controlled breathing and relaxation.
- Endurance: From walking and gardening to performing household chores such as laundry, any activity that increases heart rate helps to improve endurance. By maintaining endurance seniors have the ability to stay active and thus maintain their independence.
Prior to starting any exercise regimen, it is important to consult with your physician for approval. They will also be able to offer recommendations for simple strength, flexibility and balance exercises that work best with your abilities.
At Home Care Assistance of Vancouver, we encourage our senior clients to maintain a daily exercise routine. Our professional and compassionate caregivers assist their clients with simple exercises and make sure they are following the regimens recommended by their doctor and/or physical therapist. The presence and assistance provided from a professional and experienced in-home caregiver ensures safety when exercising and helps increase strength and flexibility. To learn more about how a caregiver can assist your loved one with activities of daily living, contact a Case Manager at 778-279-3634.