Below are some tips on ways to motivate seniors to exercise:
- Educate– teach them that regular physical activity- including endurance, muscle strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises are essential for healthy aging.
- Help them set realistic goals and develop an exercise plan.
- Create a chart, or “prescription” and make easy to understand: type of exercise, frequency, intensity, how much time spent in each activity. Check up with them on their progress and re-evaluate goals over time.
- Refer seniors to community resources such as senior fitness classes at the YMCA or other such groups.
- Help them connect to support groups on-line.
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When do you know if your loved one needs a caregiver?
Below are some items you may want to monitor, as you visit your loved one.
-Mail is piling up, bills are not being paid, calls from collection agencies
-The yard or house is no longer being maintained
-Changes in personal hygiene or change in typical behavior (like smoking in the bed, when the person used to only smoke outside).
-Changes in typical habits of eating/diet and exhibiting weight loss (or noticing clothing is now loose)
-Forgetting to take medication
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Billy Graham lived to be 99 years old and lived a life of commitment and servanthood. As a senior, he continued to pursue his passion. Here is a wonderful article on his funeral.
Have you ever considered how important your grandparents were to your life? Or perhaps, on the flip side, how you are influencing your grandchildren?
There is a web-site that provides some great tips to active grandparents. Check it out at: