Safety should certainly be a major concern for people throughout their life. Unfortunately, many younger, healthier, stronger adults have a tendency to rush around and try to do too many things, and that has a tendency to put them and possibly others at unnecessary risk. In many cases, nothing bad happens, but relying on luck is not the best course of action.
For seniors, safety may very well be a serious concern for them and their loved ones. Safety is often compromised due to diminishing strength associated with the natural process of aging.
For people of all ages, getting exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen their legs, torso, arms, and other parts of their body that help maintain balance and keep them safe moving forward. Here are a few quality strengthening exercises that people in their 60s, 70s, 80s, and even their 90s may consider doing to get stronger and be a little bit safer at home.
Keep in mind that before taking on any new type of exercise routine or regimen the senior should consult his or her doctor to make sure it is safe for them to do so.
Walking may not sound like a great exercise to regain some of the strength they may have lost. However, pushing oneself a little bit faster than their normal pace can not only elevate the heart rate, but also tax the muscles in their legs. Pushing those muscles a little bit beyond their comfort zone can boost strength, stamina, and durability.
2. Water aerobics.
A great low impact exercise is treading water, swimming laps, or doing other water type aerobics. Going to a warm pool and a comfortable environment can be a wonderful activity for people of all ages. Some local swimming facilities or a YMCA, for example, may even have a specific time dedicated to seniors so they can exercise in a comfortable environment without being overwhelmed by children, aggressive adults, or others who use these facilities regularly.
3. Chair lifts.
If a person sits down in a chair, places their hands underneath the seat of the chair, and then act as though they’re trying to lift the entire chair up, they’re going to be exercising their arms, torso, and maybe even their buttocks.
While no one is actually going to be able to lift themselves in a chair while they’re sitting on it, the tightening of those muscles and acting as though they are attempting this can provide good exercise for these often neglected muscles in the body, especially as people get older.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to improve senior home safety in Chester, PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care at 215-309-3119.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day as while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise. "Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.