Home Instead Senior Care Daytona Beach Share a Passion for Improving the Quality of Life for Seniors and Families
(1888PressRelease) Popular activities that incorporate movement are often the best way to keep seniors active.
"Exercise" is the dirty word that often turns the elderly into couch potatoes, and there appear to be plenty out there. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 60 percent of older adults are inactive. Fear of exercise can keep seniors with arthritis and other aches and pains from leading the active lifestyles they may have enjoyed in their younger years. But mention activities such as lively conversation, a good television program, a trip to the senior center and a brisk walk on a nice day, and your elderly loved one is likely to perk right up.
Incorporating movements into those popular senior pastimes, oftentimes with the assistance of a family or professional caregiver or companion, is one way to keep seniors young and vital well into their elderly years, according to Colin Milner, founder of the world's largest senior fitness association and Susan Miller owner of Home Instead Senior Care, Daytona Beach.
"People think you have to exercise for hours to achieve any benefits, but that's just not true," said Milner, founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging, a Vancouver, B.C., company with 4,000 primarily U.S.-member companies including senior-friendly fitness facilities and senior-care facilities that are committed to wellness. "But to stay independent and enjoy the quality of life that we all want as we age, we need to do some activity. Because if we don't, our muscles will atrophy and our bodies will deteriorate sooner.
"Seniors' health issues often are not with aging, but rather with disuse," he added. "The main benefit of activity for people who are aging is actually reversing the impact that disuse has on their bodies. And that can be like a fountain of youth."
There's plenty of evidence that seniors do enjoy being active. Recently, Home Instead Senior Care's 27,000 CAREGivers ranked the activities their senior clients enjoy most. Among the top 10 activities were walking and social functions, such as those at churches and senior centers.
"Even though seniors often have interests in various activities, a little encouragement from a caregiver can be a great motivator for older adults who may be reluctant to get involved," said Miller, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office that serves Volusia County and Daytona Beach, Florida. "Companionship is just what many seniors need to get up and active again."
Here are some practical ways that caregivers can recommend that seniors incorporate activity into their lives, according to Milner. "For the true TV couch potatoes who use two remotes, suggest they stand up, move around and walk in place whenever a commercial comes on. That's a start. Recommend they walk to the store or park in the back of the parking lot, and walk to the corner to drop the mail in the mailbox rather than hand it to the mailman when he comes to the door. Remind them they can read a book on a stationary bicycle or, better yet, organize a book club and talk about what they've read on a walk around the neighborhood. There are a lot of basic ways to build activity into the day," Milner said.
Fitness centers are also a good option, but the kind of facilities that feature blaring music and predominately young bodies working out can be intimidating for seniors, Milner said. That's why his organization has established an age friendly fitness locator on their Web site at www.icaa.cc where the elderly or a caregiver can click on a state and a city and find a facility that has met strict age-friendly criteria.
Another resource is Home Instead Senior Care, which published a CAREGiver Activity Training Guide for its professional CAREGivers across North America. This new training tool is full of leisure, recreation and hobby ideas to help CAREGivers enhance their time with their clients. "This guide features dozens of popular senior activities for all seasons," Susan Miller said. "It focuses on the importance of knowing clients' interests and pastimes, how to introduce activities to clients and ways to easily modify them to meet clients' abilities."
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE DAYTONA BEACH
Care You Can Trust. Susan Miller (owner), the office administrators, and CAREGiversSM all share a passion for improving the quality of life for seniors and families in the community. Here in Volusia County and Daytona Beach, we offer a range of non-medical services that can be customized to your needs so you'll get exactly the help you need. Our CAREGivers are area residents who are kind, compassionate and truly enjoy working with seniors. They are professionals, extensively trained in elder care, and all are screened, insured and bonded.
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