It’s no secret that, as we age, we lose some of our strength and can have issues with our balance. However, there are a number of ways that seniors can increase their strength, balance and mobility.
First things first: consult a physician about your limitations.
It’s wise to see a doctor before engaging in any regular exercise routine or making any major changes to your diet. While it needs to be stressed that working out and healthy eating are general requirements for overall health, it’s important to know your limitations. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself or make yourself sick.
On UpliftingMobility.com, Tim Brewer admits that he is hesitant to suggest doctor visits as a tip to improve mobility in seniors, but acknowledges that it’s vital to one’s health and well-being.
“A doctor will update you on your health,” he reminds us, “You may have a health condition that doesn’t permit you to be active, and if you do, it’s important to know what your limitations are before moving forward. You’ll also want to discuss your mobility with your medical professional. Ask him or her which exercises or activities they recommend that you do to better your mobility.”
Eat healthy foods.
You’ll likely never come across a doctor who doesn’t believe in exercise. But it’s important to note that exercise and healthy eating go hand-in-hand as the ultimate health booster. Keeping a healthy weight is an important way to minimize the difficulties that come with diminished strength and balance. As Kate Hansford of Perth, Australia’s Home Care Assistance explains, one of the most common causes of limited mobility is obesity.
“Diet is the first line of defence against gaining weight,” she writes, “Seniors have unique nutritional needs and dietary requirements, but most health experts agree that all diets should focus on fresh produce, whole grains, and lean protein sources. Some simple adjustments such as replacing soft drinks with water could help seniors cut out hundreds of empty calories a day.”
Make some changes in the home.
At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of bedroom and bathroom modifications in order to help the elderly loved ones in your home live safely. We understand that safety and peace of mind are of the utmost importance to you and your family. You can rest easy that our products will aid you in your everyday activities.
Our extensive list of accessibility devices for an accessible bathroom includes super poles, grab bars, bath chairs, bath lifts, transfer benches, walk-in tubs and slide-in tubs. We also have such bedroom accessibility features as bed rails, M-rails and ceiling lifts.
“Most accidents take place in the home, and a single injury could leave a senior bedridden for months,” writes Hansford, “Luckily, a few simple upgrades and changes to the home can make it much safer for a senior with limited mobility. This includes removing clutter from the floor, keeping electrical cords out of the walkways, and repositioning furniture so it isn’t in the way. Many seniors also benefit from having handrails installed in the bathrooms and along stairways.”
For more information about the bedroom and bathroom accessibility devices offered by Advantage Home Health Solutions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!