Retaining mobility is understandably a big part of maintaining as much independence as possible for older adults. Even seniors with conditions impacting their degree of flexibility and stability may be able to safely retain their mobility by considering any of the following suggestions from Home Care Assistance, a trusted Sonoma County in-home care provider.
Exercising Based on Abilities
There is no age limit on exercise, and many seniors can benefit from regular exercise that’s based on abilities. A physical therapist can assess your loved one’s capabilities and recommend exercises that can be done safely at home or during regular sessions in a supervised setting.
Staying Active around the House
Seniors can easily retain mobility by doing things they enjoy around the house. This can be as simple as working in the garden, performing light housework, or even taking the time to walk from one room to another a few times a day.
Walking with Friends or Family Members
Walking is an excellent way to retain mobility at any age. A big part of promoting mobility for seniors is overcoming barriers, whether perceived or actual, that sometimes keeps seniors from getting around as much as they could. For seniors who are concerned about falling, walking with friends, family members, or professional caregivers can provide an extra safety net and some much-appreciated companionship at the same time.
Embracing Water-Based Exercises
Whether it’s taking a senior swim class or trying water aerobics, water-based exercises can work essential muscles without the extra strain that’s sometimes experienced from traditional exercise. For seniors with joint issues, water-based exercises can provide added relief while still working leg muscles.
Additional ways to retain senior mobility include:
- Limiting time sitting in one place
- Reassuring safety and offering positive encouragement
- Planning daily activities
- Removing possible obstacles around the home (since even minor falls can significantly reduce mobility)
- Walking on flat surfaces (shopping malls, parks with smooth, wide sidewalks)
For more information about how to help a senior loved one retain his or her mobility, reach out to Home Care Assistance Sonoma County. We’re changing the way the world ages by providing seniors with the support, companionship, and care needed to remain safe, independent, and happy in the comfort of home. Call 707-843-4368 or contact us online and schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation.