Exercise For Seniors
How to exercise safety on a weekly basis
Regular physical activity as part of your weekly routine is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Less pain, easier movement, better mood and lower risk of many diseases are some of the health benefits. Of course these may not work for everyone and you might need assistance and a tailored programme when you live with health conditions which can make some positions slightly tricky to do.
Exercise is a great, drug free way to improve your well-being and can reduce challenging behaviours which can arise in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Staying active can improve sleep, strength flexibility and blood circulation. Encouraging your loved one to exercise isn’t always easy. You want to be encouraging and create a fun atmosphere. Using another word instead of exercise could also work to encourage them.
For some people, group exercises is preferred. For some people it can be difficult to remember a sequence and can sometimes feel silly doing them on their own. It will help if you get involved or have a carer to get involved and not let them feel singled out. Slow the pace as needed and provide help. Seeing the people around them getting involved will motivate and make exercising fun.
It may take some time to find the types of exercises and the amount that works for them. Aim for the amount that makes them feel good, both physically and mentally. Start slow and build up slowly. Any amount of exercise is good so don’t push too hard as it can lead to injuries. Some people enjoy 10 minutes throughout the day and some like 30 mins all at once.
For more advanced exercise we suggest dancing, It is a fun activity which does not feel like exercise. Play your loved ones favourite tunes at home and lead them into a private dance party. Or look for social events in your local area. Class exercise is another good one, some gyms or communities centres offer classes designed for people with physical and mental disabilities. Lastly, swimming and water exercise is great gentle way to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Check in your local area.
Safety tips :
- Before starting, check with the doctor to make sure that exercise is safe for their physical and cognitive conditions.
- Monitor the level of exertion by checking in with brief conversations. If they can speak without being short of breath, the pace is comfortable. If they can’t hold a conversation because they’re breathing too hard, slow the pace.
- Keep them hydrated with plenty of water before, during, and after exercising.
- For outside activities, make sure they’re wearing a medical alert bracelet, personal identification, and/or a GPS tracker in case they get separated from you.
- If they get dizzy, weak, or experience pain, stop immediately and rest. Talk to their doctor to find out if future exercise will be safe.
Being involved with your loved ones exercise may seem like another thing to fit into a packed day. Our carers can help with this during there selected time slot or through organising an extra hour which can be dedicated to getting your loved on e moving.
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