Activities for your mom or dad can involve much more than playing BINGO, or sitting in a knitting circle and chatting. Today’s seniors are searching for home care services that include the independence to choose the lifestyle they want to live.
Research indicates that adult children may not have to make many decisions for their mothers or fathers as they may assume they do. Often it takes the time to listen to and recognize that your parent is mentally aware and capable of making their own choices.
Getting a Medical Exam Before Starting Exercise
If your loved one has decided now is the time to get in shape through exercise after years of no exercise at all, professionals recommend your mom or dad get medical approval first. It is important to point out that anyone, no matter what age, will require a medical exam to check for any complications prior to starting an exercise regimen.
Your parent, being of Medicare age eligibility most likely has access to the Silver Sneakers program, which enables them to join participating gyms at a free or discounted rate. If your parent is not a member of Silver Sneakers, some home care agencies may assist mom or dad in filing for this program. This fitness package is for senior citizens only and is free. It provides health and wellness programs that include socializing as well as online and phone-in support. This is an excellent pathway for your mother or father to get started on their new journey.
Informal walking groups at local malls and medical facilities are a great way to combine physical activity and social activity. Walking at a slow pace to keep the feet, knees, and hips in alignment is an excellent way for your parent to maintain balance. Brisk walking will support cardiovascular health that may improve heart and lung functions as well as aid weight loss.
Companionship During Exercise
If your parent could use a companion or help getting to and from the gym, our caregivers at Assisting Hands Home Care can help with companion care and transportation services.
We are available at 239-221-6326 in Fort Myers, FL and the surrounding areas of Lee County to provide a free consultation.