Keeping your elderly parent physically active is one of the most important elements of your senior care journey with her. Getting enough exercise supports mobility, encourages physical health, and even mental and emotional wellbeing. It is important to find activities that are enjoyable for your parent so that she is more likely to keep up with it and get the maximum benefit. April 22 through May 1 is National Dance Week. This is the perfect opportunity for you to not just enjoy watching dancing exhibitions and demonstrations with your loved one, but to make dancing part of your senior care routine as well.
Dancing offers a wide variety of benefits to your aging parent, including:
- Balance. Balance is extremely important for aging adults. Each year millions of seniors experience falls that can result in serious injuries. Increasing balance helps to reduce the chances of such a fall and protect your parent from an injury that could damage her quality of life throughout her aging years. Dancing increases balance both on a physical level and a cognitive level. Performing dance steps boosts coordination and increases awareness of the body so that your parent is better able to control herself.
- Range of motion. Flexibility and range of motion are both important concepts for protecting your parent from injury. These increase your parent’s mobility and control over her body, reducing the chances that she will fall. Even if she does experience a fall, flexibility and range of motion can reduce the chances that she will experience a serious injury.
- Cardiovascular health. Dancing is a fun way to get your parent’s heartrate up. This extra work supports cardiovascular health by improving the strength and endurance of the heart and lowering blood pressure. This reduces the chances that your parent will suffer from a heart attack or stroke. For added benefit, the activity that bumps up heartrate also burns fat and calories, encouraging weight loss and weight management in a fun, healthy way.
- Reduced joint pain. Many aging adults suffer from pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other issues. While your parent might feel like she should avoid moving around too much when she is dealing with this pain and stiffness, the opposite is actually true. The more that she engages her joints, the better that they will feel and the less pain, discomfort, and stiffness she will experience. This not only improves her quality of life through how she feels physically, but also encourages further activity.
- Social engagement. Protecting your parent’s health and wellbeing in the course of your senior care journey is not just about keeping her physically healthy. You must also pay attention to her mental, emotional, and cognitive health. Social interaction is a critical element of this area of health. Being a part of a dance class or club gives your parent more opportunity for social interaction. This boosts her emotional health and reduces feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression, and disconnection that are common among elderly adults.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care services in Scottsdale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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