Setting Your Parent Up for a More Active Lifestyle in the New Year
Being physically active is one of the most important elements of achieving and maintaining better health and well-being throughout life. This does not change with age. In fact, encouraging your senior to stay active as they age can make a tremendous difference in their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being, help them to manage illnesses and health challenges, and work to ward off other issues. As the new year approaches, focus your caregiver attention on setting your parent up for a more active lifestyle by taking steps now and making plans for the future.
Use these tips to set your parent up for a more active lifestyle in the new year:
- Research your parent’s area to find parks and other locations where your senior can take walks or enjoy other outdoor recreation. Knowing about these locations makes both of you more familiar with them so that you can feel more confident experiencing them together.
- Gift your parent simple and accessible exercise equipment such as light barbells, resistance bands, or a seated biking machine that lets your parent pedal while sitting.
- Encourage your senior to find an activity that they can enjoy in their community, such as a senior aerobics class, water aerobics class, a dance group, or a tai chi group.
- Set up scheduled times that you will enjoy physical activities with your parent. Being there with them is a fantastic way to not only motivate them to stay more active, but also to spend meaningful quality time with you.
Starting senior care can be one of the best decisions that you can make for your aging loved one during the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they have continued access to the care, assistance, support, and companionship that they need to manage their individual needs. Not only will this highly personalized care help your parent to address their challenges and limitations in a way that is right for them, but will also encourage your parent to live the lifestyle that is as independent, active, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place. As a family caregiver, this will give you peace of mind knowing that your parent is getting everything that they need to live their highest quality of life both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.