We hear a lot of discussion about safety for seniors at home. A lot of the issues involve diminishing strength. When people get older, it becomes more difficult to not just gain muscle, but eventually to maintain the muscle they have. When a person is in their 70s, for example, the loss of muscle mass will begin to increase, almost at a seemingly exponential rate. What was relatively simple for them to do at 70 suddenly becomes an extreme challenge at 80.
There are things that can help improve safety for these seniors.
One of the most effective, aside from relying on a home care aide to help with many basic things around the house, is staying as fit and healthy as possible. If an individual is still smoking at 70 years of age, for example, it’s most likely only a matter of time before they deal with serious health issues that can compromise their safety. However, if they gave up smoking, started eating healthy, and even exercising, they can give their body a chance to heal.
This is the same for people with all types of backgrounds.
Even a person who basically took pretty good care of himself for most of his adult life, but had to give up playing tennis or doing other physical activities because he just couldn’t move that fast anymore, that doesn’t mean he has to stop exercising. If his joints are not able to support him properly, if the pain in his knees or hips is just too much, he might consider other activities.
Riding a stationary bicycle, doing water aerobics or swimming laps, and even going for gentle strolls at a brisk pace can help strengthen the muscles in the body. Not only does exercise help strengthen the heart muscles, they also improve strength and stamina in the legs, arms, and other parts of the body.
When a person is in good physical condition, when their muscles remain strong, agile, and they have the stamina they need, they’re usually considered safer. That’s because they maintain their balance a little better, can do other things around the house without so much risk involved, and it can provide confidence.
While many seniors may feel there’s absolutely nothing they can do to slow the natural process of aging, there is. Getting exercise, eating healthy, and trying to strengthen their legs are just a few of the first steps they might consider to improve their safety at home.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to improve senior home safety in Stone Mountain, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.
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