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Start the New Year Right: Helping Your Senior Start an Exercise Program in 2016

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Staying active is important at any stage of life, but it’s even more important as you grow older. Unfortunately, many seniors fail to stay active and require elderly care at home to get around. Senior-Care-Tallahassee-FLExercising helps to maintain independence, reverse some of the symptoms that come with aging, and boosts memory. Getting healthier is a great resolution for your elderly loved one to make, and together you can make sure your loved one has a great exercise program that will improve their health and mobility in the New Year. Here are a few tips you can follow to make sure your senior begins a fitness program safely.

Tip #1 – Talk to the Doctor

Before getting started with the program, make sure you and your senior take the time to talk to the doctor. You should always consult with a physician before starting a new exercise program. This is especially important if your loved one has a preexisting medical condition. Find out from the doctor if any activities should be avoided.

Tip #2 – Keep Health Concerns in Mind

Remember that your elderly loved one’s ongoing health concerns will affect his or her workouts. For example, if your senior has diabetes, you may need to change the timing of meals and medications when you are coming up with the exercise schedule. Remember, if something feels wrong, such as shortness of breath or sharp pain, exercise should be stopped. You can also work with your elderly care provider to come up with exercises that work around your loved one’s health concerns.

Tip #3 – Get Started Slowly

It’s important to make sure seniors start exercising slowly, especially if they haven’t been very active recently. When just getting started, consider doing short, 10-minute workouts a couple times a day. Warming up, cooling down, and staying hydrated are also important for preventing discomfort or injuries while exercising.

Tip #4 – Create a Schedule

Create an exercise schedule with the help of your senior care professional. By creating a schedule, you’ll turn fitness into a habit, making sure that your loved one sticks with the exercise routine.

Tip #5 – Set Some Goals Together

Sit down with your senior and set some fitness goals. What does your loved one want to accomplish by exercising? Maybe he or she would like to improve energy levels, lose 10 pounds, improve blood sugar levels, or reduce stress. From time to time, discuss the goals and evaluate progress to see if you need to set more goals.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Tallahassee, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia


Brian Moran, RN, Marketing Director, Partner

Marketing Director, Partner at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care
Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.

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