CONNECTING PARENTS TO THEIR COMMUNITY
Walking is the perfect older adult-friendly exercise – it’s low-impact, easy to start/maintain, and can be scaled to meet your loved one’s unique needs. Studies have long-since shown that walking has many physical health benefits for loved ones, helping them live longer, healthier lives. Newer research also suggests that walking also has many psychological health benefits for loved ones. By keeping them both physically and socially active in their communities, walking can help curb feelings of depression and isolation that often plague older adults, giving them a better sense of social connectedness.
Walk about it
Like any exercise, this activity is not without risk. Older adults walking in their community are subject to the same fall risks and physical dangers of exercising at home with the addition of several new environmental hazards like weather and traffic. Despite these dangers, walking is a worthwhile exercise and can be safely managed with just a little planning.
WHEN CONSIDERING SAFETY
As the leading cause of fatal injury in older adults, falls are a significant health concern for loved ones.
For many caregivers, the thought of their loved one tripping, and falling in an unfamiliar place where help may not be readily available is their worst nightmare. Despite the dangers of falling, there are many simple safeguards you can put in place to help your loved one walk safely in their community.
KEEP AN EYE OUT
Traffic can be another hazard for older adults in the community. Loved ones with visual or hearing impairments may be at a higher risk of being involved in traffic-related accidents. You can prepare your loved one to face these dangers with a few easy changes to a standard walking routine.
Rain or Shine
STAY ACTIVE, WITH PRECAUTIONS
Many older adults may be walking in less than ideal conditions as the season’s change. Rain, snow, and sun can all pose unique dangers to your loved one. Make sure they are prepared for the elements before they go for a walk.
STICK TO IT
No matter what!
One of the most significant barriers to walking can be motivating your loved one to leave the comfort of their favorite chair. New exercise plans can be challenging to start up, but the right preparation can help set your loved one up for success.
Walking your way to Success
Plenty of research supports that the combination of movement, routine, and socializing can help immensely with the aging process. Social walking is one way to meet this great combination in your loved one’s life, should it be a routine that works for them.
Social Walking for older Adults
At Beverly’s Daughter, we understand that there are risks and challenges associated with starting a silver walking regimen. If you’re struggling to take your first steps or would like to help improve your loved one’s walking routine, reach out to us for guidance. Our highly-trained staff will be in touch within 48 hours with a unique plan tailored to your loved one’s needs. Take the first step towards helping your loved one live a longer, happier, healthier life by contacting us today.
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