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.
Bingo is so overrated. After all, it’s completely sedentary,
and keeps mental stimulation quite lax. Thankfully, there is an abundance of better
activities for the seniors we know and love. Below are some of the superior alternatives
that can offer lots of room for creativity or rigorous thinking.
Although this one requires sitting often, the upper body can get quite a workout from it. If the seniors in your life love getting their creative juices flowing, pottery classes can be excellent opportunities for them to build masterpieces. Getting one’s hands dirty with slimy and sticky substances can also stimulate sensory skills, since tactile and olfactory skills are crucial here. Having others besides oneself doing the same activity can be great for socialization, as well as intellectual stimulation. Transforming a lump of clay into an ordered form takes planning, calculation, and aesthetic evaluation. What a wonderful thing pottery is!
Osteoporosis is seriously excruciating, which is why water aerobics (also called waterobics) is a fantastic alternative to exercising on land. Regular aerobics is designed to strengthen the heart, and water aerobics accomplishes the same without putting unnecessary strain on ligaments and joints. Water aerobics is not only suitable for the elderly, but also for those who wish to exercise without blowing out one’s knees. Warm water, in particular, is great for those with arthritis. Overweight individuals too should be able to participate in the activity without being concerned about messing up their spine or hips. And the best part? All the laughter one gets to share with others doing the workout! Doing cardio doesn’t have to mean smashing one’s soles against the hard pavement; simply encourage your elders to oxygenate aquatically! (Better yet, do it together!)
This third activity incorporates both creativity and movement. An art form that combines physical coordination and artistic coordination, gardening can be a marvelous outlet for the homemaker, the artisan, and the homebody. The wonderful thing about gardening is that the complex cultivation of various flora and management of the fauna is available for all skill levels. The superb flower arranger can find room to experiment, while the novice can help hose the beautiful mini forest and make it sparkle in sunlight. Watching the colors harmonize and the birds sing can make for great places at which grandparents can play with their grandchildren. (All the more reason to pick up that shovel and start planting!)
Climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator can be
a great method for exercise, except for the monotonous aspect; and participating
in a book club can be a valuable way to socialize and make friends, except for
the sedentary aspect. Putting a slight variation to any number of activities
can make them fantastic and creative. For more senior care ideas, simply reach
out to Home Instead Senior Care!