Can You Help Your Senior Become More Active?
By Kevin Edwards, President
Being more active is a goal for many aging adults. You as their caregiver might be able to do more than you think to help your senior to achieve this goal, but it can take some careful planning. Work with her medical team and with her existing situation to put together the right set of activities for her and you’ll get better results.
What She Eats Matters
When your elderly family member is eating foods that are higher in empty calories or worse, not eating much at all, then her body isn’t getting the fuel that it needs in order to function. Talk to your senior’s doctor about what types of foods might be best for her to be eating right now. In general, more fruits and vegetables are a great starting point.
Sleep Can Help Her to Be More Active
A lack of rest can keep your senior family member from feeling as if she has the energy to be active at all. Unfortunately, this can lead to a vicious cycle. Your senior’s energy is low, so she sits or lies around doing little to nothing, and then her energy levels keep plummeting. Getting a solid night’s sleep can help her to feel as if she can start to break that cycle.
Light to Moderate Exercise Is Enough
Exercise is a key part of this plan, but your senior doesn’t have to exercise too hard or for a really long time. Light exercise can be very much enough, especially if that’s what her doctor recommends. Work with her doctor to put together a plan that does everything that she needs it to do. Gentle walking on a treadmill may not sound exciting, but it can be just what your elderly family member needs right at the beginning.
Everything Works Together
All of these different pieces work together to help your aging adult to remain as vibrant and as active as she can. Some of these aspects may be more appealing than others to your elderly family member, but they can all help to improve the other activities. As she eats better and exercises more, her sleep will improve and she’ll be more likely to experience a shift in her appetite, too.
As your senior’s caregiver, you can do more than you think to help your elderly family member to increase her overall activity levels. She may not run around like a teenager, but she can feel a lot more involved in her own life.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Caregiver Services in the Lenexa KS area, please contact the caring staff at Elder Care of Kansas City, today. Proudly serving Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass Counties in Missouri as well as Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas for over 30 years. Call us at 816-333-3322.
Kevin Edwards, President
Kevin’s life and the lives of his immediate family have been impacted by caregivers – either as a patient or a caregiver – for as long as he can remember. He watched his mother take care of his grandmother until her death at the age of 97. Five years later, his father passed from a neurological disorder that was subsequently confirmed as Lewy Body Dementia. In 2007, his wife, Lori, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The symptoms of Lori’s disease required Kevin to hire a caregiver during the periods of her relapses.
Prior to purchasing Elder Care, Kevin spent over 20 years in the health insurance industry. In his most recent position, he was in a financial operations role with Humana where he worked with doctors, nurses and other health professionals developing programs to keep Humana members healthy. Their focus on primary care and medication adherence improved the lives of thousands of seniors in Kansas City and the surrounding area.