A 2022 study published in the journal Nature Medicine found that people ages 40 to 69 who engaged in spurts of movement for even just one or two minutes, three times a day, significantly reduced their risk of death from heart disease or cancer, compared with those who weren’t physically active at all. Keeping seniors active has proven health benefits and from what we have seen, usually helps their mood and mental health as well. As summer heats up, it’s essential for loved ones to prepare for keeping their seniors active in the safest way possible, as rising temperatures present more risks.
Whether summer workout plans for seniors include a quick morning walk or a water exercise class, there are practical ways that loved ones can help their seniors have a positive summer workout experience:
- Encourage lower-impact workouts
- Opt-in for water exercise to keep the body cool and the joints healthy, if it’s available near you
- Keep medications and snacks handy during any out-of-home workouts.
- Take water breaks whenever they feel needed and keep lots of water on-hand.
- Think about their safety, security, and comfort when planning fitness activities.
According to the CDC, people aged 65 years or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. Because of this, it is even more critical for loved ones and seniors to plan and prepare for their summer activities and workouts for safety purposes.
Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care provides a variety of services to support seniors so that they can maintain their independence and enjoy life not just in their homes, but also in their neighborhoods. These services include companionship, light housekeeping, cooking, and shopping support, assistance with personal care, dementia care, pet care, light handyman services and repairs, yard work, and medication reminders.
The concept of helping people in need never sleeps. Seniors Helping Seniors® are there no matter how hard the world is being hit by a pandemic or how much our country is in crisis. It all comes down to The Power of Love® and providing compassionate care that makes seniors feel seen, heard, and independent while providing purpose and passion for its senior caregivers.