Aug 7, 2017 by Kristina Butler
Staying physically, mentally, and socially active is important to everybody, but these elements of life take on special meaning as we age. Staying active not only keeps us from becoming isolated and lonely, but it can lower the risks of many physical and mental ailments, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and even dementia.
While most seniors understand the value of staying active, many of them struggle with the actual application. It's not a lack of desire – it's the challenge of fighting the elements of time, wear and tear, and gravity. Simply put, as we age, our bodies slow down, don't operate as efficiently, and must work harder to accomplish less. This makes staying active a challenge at ground level, add in age-related degeneration, chronic illness, autoimmune disorders, aches and pains, loss of mobility, social and emotion challenges associated with the loss of friends and loved ones and it becomes increasingly difficult to stay active.
Thankfully, Comfort Keepers senior home health care can help.
Initially, a senior home health coordinator will spend time with your senior loved one to determine exactly what they need and desire. With Comfort Keepers, there are no one-size-fits-all care packages. Each senior is different and requires individualized and personalized support. Some seniors may simply require transportation support to get back and forth to social engagements while others may require companionship, and others, still, may need physical support in order to safely get out and walk the neighborhood or engage in an exercise routine. Besides, the single most important element in helping seniors stay active is finding something that they enjoy doing so they will look forward to the activity and keep with it.
It is also important to remember that keeping active does not always mean participating in formal activities or programs. Seniors can get a great deal of benefit from regular walking, gardening, or simply doing yard work. Others may find they can stay mentally active through scrapbooking, working puzzles, or playing games. And many seniors find they can remain socially active by going to the pool, walking the dog, or even heading down to the senior center. If your senior loved one needs help finding an activity that meets their physical, social, cognitive, or emotional needs, a senior home health caregiver can help.
In short, staying active is important for seniors to fully maximize their quality of life. When the challenges of age start to encroach on that activity, Comfort Keepers senior home health can provide the supports and services needed to get them back in the game.