Staying active is important for people of all ages, but is especially crucial for seniors. By staying active, people are getting some exercise, at the very least, each day. When people reach retirement, they may have wonderful ambitions to travel, go to art galleries, museums, visit with friends and family, and much more.
As people get older, though, staying active can be more and more challenging.
A person might have limited strength. Seniors lose muscle each year. In fact, when people reach their 40s and 50s, they begin to lose more and more muscle mass every single year. It’s one of the reasons why it becomes more challenging to continue doing a wide range of activities.
For seniors, staying active and safe don’t always go hand in hand.
For example, an elderly person who enjoys playing tennis with his friends might reach a point when his joints hurt, he may slip, he could get injured in a fall, or something else could happen that poses a safety concern.
Does this mean he should stop exercising? Does it mean he should give up playing tennis? No, not necessarily.
However, every situation is different so it’s essential the senior evaluates his or her physical capabilities, strength, stamina, balance, and more to determine whether this is still a safe endeavor to take on.
It may be necessary to change activities.
Some seniors may thoroughly enjoy the activities they do, but if it’s not creating the best, safest environment for him or her, they might have to consider other options.
What other options are available?
People in their 70s, 80s, and even their 90s can participate in a wide range of activities, including marathons, power walking, playing golf, playing tennis, and much more. For these men and women who stay active, they actually improve their safety because it slows down muscle loss. While there’s no way a person is going to prevent muscle loss from occurring over time, by slowing it down, they can keep themselves in a safer environment moving forward.
A senior who has not been active for most of their adult life may have extreme difficulty getting in shape and pursuing some of these activities. That doesn’t mean they can’t get active. It simply means they have to start out slow, make sure they’re doing the right exercises and activities, and have the right support on hand to help them merge into this new, active lifestyle.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care to improve senior home safety in Mesa, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.
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