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Home’s Where a Senior’s Heart Lives

February 24, 2015

Older adults choose home. They want to age in the place that breeds familiarity and treasured memories. An AARP study suggests over 89% of seniors wish to remain at home.

Even if a person lives with one or more acute or chronic illnesses, there are options the individual can rely on for care at home. Home health care workers can help them get the needed nutrition, medication, rest, and medical supervision to help a person thrive.

Research shows proof that when clients use home health care services, they will improve their:

  • Ability to walk or move around without much pain
  • Transfer from bed to other locations in the house
  • Improve bladder control
  • Get better at bathing
  • Increase breath intake
  • Experience less unplanned medical care

Get Moving

No matter what age a person is, they’re not too old to keep moving. It’s essential to maintain good health. As a body ages, it needs exercise to perform optimally or it will begin to slow down.

Physical changes of the body unavoidably affect everyone in older age. But exercise and staying fit can minimize loss in bone density and muscle mass and help maintain a healthy heart and lungs.

Seniors can count on caregivers to help them stay motivated to exercise.

Benefits of Exercise and Staying Fit

  • Improves balance and prevent falls
  • Boost immunity
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Fight depression
  • Reduces stress
  • Enhances self-esteem

Building Blocks of Fitness

While all types of exercise and fitness routines give remarkable profits, different kinds will concentrate on a person’s health.

  • Cardio-strength exercises use the large muscle groups and get the heart pumping. It decreases fatigue and promotes endurance for other daily accomplishments like housecleaning and running errands.
  • Cardio exercises include walking, cycling, swimming, hiking, climbing stairs, rowing, tennis, and dancing. They directly affect the body’s ability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues.
  • Strength exercises use weights or other resistance tools like elastic bands or machines. These help older people prevent bone loss and build muscle.  Strength training help seniors to accomplish simple activities like getting in and out of a car and lifting things.
  • Stationary stretches help the body stay limber and keep muscles and joints supple so that they are less prone to injury. Flexibility helps with tying shoes, bending, and playing with the grandkids.
  • Yoga, Tai Chi and simple posture positions help people maintain solid footing and stability. They will improve balance and reduce the risk of falling.

Carol Marak is a contributor for the senior living and health care market. She advocates older adults and family caregivers by writing on tough topics like chronic issues, senior care and housing. Find her work at AssistedLivingFacilities.org and HomeHealthcareAgencies.com and contact Carol on LinkedIn and Carol@SeniorCareQuest.com.

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