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Seniors: Get Out, Get Active!

senior activitiesAccording to a 2011 report released by the U.S. Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics that examined well-being among older Americans, obesity is a rising concern. In 2009 to 2010, 38 percent of seniors ages 65 an older were clinically obese, compared with 22 percent between 1988 and 1994.

Obesity leads to several serious health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. Currently 26.9 percent of Americans over 65 have diabetes. A proper diet and healthy lifestyle can dramatically impact the lives of seniors with such conditions.

Activites for Autumn

In some parts of the country, this summer’s brutal heat wave kept many seniors indoors. Fortunately, fall is here! Older ones should be encouraged to take advantage of the cooler temps and head outdoors.

Caregivers that work with a helpful homecare system, such as ClearCare, can set task reminders in their homecare software to encourage their older clients to get out and get active. Depending on each individual’s strength and stamina, here are a few great activities for fall:

  • Walking through the neighborhood
  • Hiking along a scenic trail
  • Swimming at a local YMCA or health club
  • Biking, golfing, or playing tennis

Seniors, make sure you speak with your doctor before engaging in any new or strenuous physical activity. Elderly ones that receive in-home care can instruct caregivers to set doctor appointments in their homecare software and homecare system.

Activities for Arthritis Sufferers

Some seniors may want to exercise but ask: What if I have arthritis? Don’t be discouraged. There are many ways seniors can be physically active even if they suffer from painful arthritis. The key is not to overdo it. Care providers that assist arthritic elderly ones can refer back to ClearCare’s homecare software for reminders on what activities are best, and how often they should be engaged in. Low-to-moderate weight-bearing exercises are recommended, as well as water aerobics or swimming.

Additional Tips for Overall Well-Being

Being active benefits us both physically and mentally. Engaging in fun and healthy activities improves our overall well-being and attitudes towards life. Joining community programs that promote healthy living for older adults is an excellent way to incorporate exercise and social involvement. Be sure to check out the National Aging’s Go4Life Campaign for more senior-friendly activities.

In an effort to provide the most quality care for seniors, caregivers should be aware of how they can help their clients enjoy physical activity safely. Caregiver can set specific tasks using ClearCare’s homecare system and homecare software that will be related to them as soon as they clock in to each shift. Caregivers will want to remind their senior clients to:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Dress appropriately
  • Exercise early in the day to prevent joint stiffness and fatigue
  • Quit activity if experiencing pain

In an effort to promote active aging, ClearCare’s homecare system and homecare software have been designed to help seniors enjoy aging in place in home, comfortably and safely. What plans does your family have to stay active this autumn?

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