Between COVID-19 and wicked winter weather, it’s often difficult for older people to get the exercise they need – but, now more than ever, it’s important to keep your senior moving.
Regular exercise can help your aging loved one:
- Lose a few pounds or maintain a healthy weight
- Reduce the impact of illness and chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
- Enhance mobility, flexibility, and balance
- Improve sleep
- Boost mood and self-confidence – warding off depression and feelings of isolation
- Improve brain function
- Connect with friends and family members
While definitely more challenging, it’s not impossible for your senior to remain physically active – even as temperatures drop and snow flies. When they’re not able to manage entirely on their own, our HCAN Care Advocates can help with a variety of activities, including:
If temps are on the milder side and there are no traces of snow or ice, we can help your senior bundle up and get some fresh air – whether it’s around the blog or just to the mailbox and back.
one of the most popular ways to stay active during inclement weather, we can drive your senior to a local shopping mall and accompany them as they get in their daily step count. If that’s not possible, a stroll through the halls of their senior living community or apartment building is a good alternative.
Going to the gym
If your senior has a gym membership, we can make sure they get there safely, so they don’t miss their regular workout.
Participating in group classes
Senior fitness classes are often available at community centers, libraries and other locations. In addition to the health benefits, these classes also are a great way for them to connect with old friends and forge new relationships.
Playing online games
From dance fitness to virtual bowling, we’ll make sure your loved one is having fun while getting the exercise they need.
For more information about all of the services HCAN Care Advocates provide, please call (402) 359-1996 or visit www.hcanthrive.com.