How to Encourage Elderly People to Exercise Regularly

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Older adults need to be physically active to maintain their energy levels, stave off chronic illnesses, and alleviate the symptoms of various existing medical conditions. Engaging in some type of activity regularly increases overall balance and strength and reduces the risk of falls. The cardiovascular system and cognitive abilities also benefit from regular exercise. Here are a few ways you can motivate your aging parent to get some exercise.

Offer an Invitation

Invite your loved one to accompany you to the mall and spend some time walking around the area while window shopping. Treat your parent to lunch and continue shopping. Almost all malls have seating in case your loved one needs to sit and take a few minutes of rest. Other options include taking your parent to the zoo, a local park, or a nature center.

Helping your parent with exercise can be a challenging task, especially when you have other important duties to tend to. Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. Castle Rock, CO, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.

Provide Encouragement

Initiate a conversation concerning why your loved one needs to become more physically active. Encourage your parent to choose the types of activities he or she might enjoy. Make a plan and devise ways to boost your loved one’s physical health. By giving seniors control of the situation, they’re more likely to follow through.

Do Some Research

Look for possible senior groups in the community that enjoy physical activity together. There might be a group that takes regular walks. Perhaps the local senior center offers exercise classes. Community swimming pools often host water aerobics classes during the summer. Search for some senior-friendly activities in your area.

Purchase Exercise Equipment for the Home

Maybe your loved one is reluctant to join an exercise class because he or she is self-conscious. Perhaps the embarrassment comes from being overweight. Get your parent a stationary bike or a treadmill that can be used in the privacy of his or her home. Include a set of lightweight dumbbells or wrist and ankle weights. While watching a favorite TV program, both of you can get up and spend two or three minutes exercising once a commercial appears, then rest between commercials and enjoy the show. You can also give your loved one some beginner exercise videos. 

Some older adults have serious health issues that make it difficult for them to exercise. Performing daily tasks while simultaneously managing the symptoms of a serious illness can be challenging for seniors. The Castle Rock live-in care experts at Home Care Assistance are available 24/7 to make sure your loved one has the care he or she needs to remain safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Set Goals

Once your loved one starts becoming a little more physically active, praise his or her accomplishments. Keep motivating your parent by setting goals together. Give your loved one a simple pedometer. If your parent completes 2,000 steps in the first week, encourage him or her to set a goal of completing 3,000 or more steps in the next week. Encourage your loved one to go up and down a flight of stairs. The more your parent exercises, the more likely he or she will remain physically active.

Seniors who need help exercising should consider professional in-home care. Castle Rock elder care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers. Whether your aging parent needs minor help with daily tasks or extensive 24-hour home care, call Home Care Assistance at 720-287-1685 today.