When seniors refer to arthritis, they usually mean joint pain or joint disease –
along with stiffness, swelling, and compromised range of motion. Arthritis can
be painful, which is a reason why seniors may avoid exercise. However, there
are low-impact exercises that are safe and joint-friendly for the elderly
community. Read along in our blog as we discuss safe and simple activities for
seniors with arthritis.
Water aerobics are a great way to exercise without a lot of
joint impact. The resistance of the water helps with building strength and
muscle. In addition, a heated pool may relieve pain and be more comfortable for
swimming. Seniors can simply walk from one edge of the pool and continue along
the side, modifying their movement when necessary.
To reduce symptoms of arthritis, yoga is highly recommended.
Using a range of motion, seniors can use yoga as a way to stretch and relax
with low-impact exercises. Easing into the movements isn’t as stressful to the
joints like jogging or running. Plus, yoga can be practiced almost anywhere,
making this type of exercise easy to do.
Weight lifting doesn’t have to mean using heavy weights. In
fact, a pair of light dumbbells can help develop strong muscles. Seniors need muscle
to support joints, so it’s best to target major muscle groups for quality
results. As an alternative, resistance bands can be used since they offer
enough resistance to build muscle and they come in different strengths.
Senior Care offers arthritis care and activities for seniors with arthritis
and related conditions. We understand the importance of daily exercise and safe
activities, which is why we tailor our care plan to your loved one’s specific
needs. For more information about in-home arthritis care services in the
Wilmington, NC area, call us at (910) 342-0455.
The world has been going through difficult times amid COVID-19. From
mandatory quarantine to social distancing efforts, changes have been made
worldwide to help flatten the curve of this virus. According to the CDC, anyone
can get infected by the virus, but seniors ages 60 and up are at a much higher
risk, which is why such an emphasis has been put on taking preventative
measures to keep them as safe as possible. Here at Home Instead Senior Care, we
have made a huge effort to help senior loved ones remain safe in their own
home, and have found a variety of creative ways to keep they time at home fun
and safe during quarantine. Read along to learn about some activities that you
can partake in with your senior loved ones!
Quarantining can be a
bit underwhelming if one doesn’t make the effort to find fun activities to do
around the house. This is especially true for seniors. Some fun and safe
activities to do with seniors are puzzles and painting, both of these are
engaging, allow for creativity, and can easily take up a good amount of time.
You want activities that will keep them entertained for long periods of time so
that they don’t get bored easily. Not only are these enjoyable, but they also
allow you to sit down and enjoy some quality bonding time!
With social distancing orders in place, it is not
recommended to have people outside of your household visit. Although you are
not allowed to have visitors, it doesn’t mean that you have to lose touch with
friends and family. A great way to see your loved ones is through a video call.
If you are an iPhone user, FaceTime is the way to go. There are also other Apps
such as Zoom, House Party, and Skype that you can download for free. Many have
gotten creative and have even celebrated birthdays virtually, where family
members and friends all video chat at the same time to celebrate.
Not being able to go outside and partake in regular
activities can take a toll on anyone both physically and mentally. Anxiety and
depression can easily increase during these difficult times, especially for
seniors. You can reduce anxiety and depression through some simple meditation.
Find a quiet and comfortable place in your home where you can meditate for a
period of time without being interrupted. Not only will this bring you some
calmness and peace of mind, but it will help you manage the emotions that are
rising do to the current pandemic.
Show your senior love and compassion during these tough
times by engaging with them through some fun and safe home activities. Our
experienced team is here to help your senior loved ones remain safe and
comfortable in their own home. Learn
more about our essential services by visiting our website.