Walk about it
and talk 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 major 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
look both ways!
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 seasons 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 biggest barriers to walking can be motivating your loved one to leave the comfort of their favorite chair. New exercise plans can be difficult to start up, but the right preparation can help set your loved one up for success.
Social Walking for Older Adults-We Can Help
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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