Move it, Move it
Not only was the University of South Carolina’s Move it, Move it exercise presentation entertaining but it was also extremely educational. From fun dance moves and techniques of exercise training to fighting stress with tai chi, the class was filled with masses of resources that can help seniors excel while aging. We started with a warm up dancing to the Whip and Nae Nae. The seniors at the Crossings absolutely loved this and if any of you have ever heard this song, you know what a hilariously enjoyable dance this is.
From there we discussed the four exercise techniques to a healthy way of aging. The first exercise is to incorporate aerobic training into one’s daily routine. This may include any activity that involves movements that raise heart rate and increases breathing, such as walking. The second training exercise involves resistance or strength training, which is movements that use muscles such as the triceps, biceps, quadriceps, hamstrings, oblique’s, etc. and include using some type of weight or resistance band. Typically a person chooses about eight exercises that target those muscle groups with repetitions of twelve to fifteen. Once the muscles are all warmed up its time to stretch the muscles out and work on flexibility. When one is doing heavy aerobic and resistance training it is important to remember that stretching exercises can help the body stay limber and flexible for more freedom of movement. Examples of this that the seniors did with USC’s staff was, turning the neck slowly from side to side, turning back side to side, pointing foot/rolling ankles, and raising arms in and out. Lastly, the fourth element to exercise training is balance. Balance is one of the most important safety concerns for seniors. This will help with the prevention of falls which can be a big problem among this population. Doing any of these four types of exercise activities can promote increased cognitive thinking, decrease some types of health problems, and strengthen the body to allow for improved ambulation.
To finish the evening exercise lessons, we were taught how to use tai chi as a stress and anxiety reducing tool. Not only can it prevent these things but it also helps with two of the types of exercises used to promote health, flexibility and balance. This type of martial arts is primarily slow focused movements with deep breathing patterns to calm one’s body and mind. This type of stress reducing exercise can also help with other health conditions. Lastly, after a little boogying with the seniors, the night came to an end. We all left full of knowledge and enjoyment from our exercise lessons and dancing only to take home each of these practices.
The Crossings at Columbia is a new assisted and memory care living environment for seniors. This coming Thursday, September 17, 2015 the Crossing will be holding their official Grand Opening and want you to know that you’re invited. It will be full of food, beverages, music and fun so bring your family and friends to come out for a wonderful event in honor of this new community and its seniors. To RSVP call (803) 233-9560 and let them know you will be in attendance. Hope to see everyone there and remember it is never too late to get in shape!
Always Best Care can Help provide senior care in the home for those who have ambulation difficulties
Always Best Care provides excellent in home care by assisting with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming, transfers, feeding or ambulation, as well as, laundry, cooking, cleaning, shopping and other errands or chores that can help seniors stay safe at home when they want to and are able to age in place. In addition we can provide sitter type service, companion care, or personal care in senior’s homes, in independent living or assisted living communities, in nursing homes and even in hospitals. Call Hunter Burdette at (803) 422-1240 if you know someone who needs dependable in home care from caregivers and an agency they can trust. Hunter will arrange a Free consultation for you or your loved one to discuss your care needs and come up with a customized care plan to meet your needs.
Always Best Care can Help find the best Senior community for those who can’t stay home
For those seniors who can not safely stay at home, we provide a service that is free to seniors and their families. We call it a Senior Living Finder service because we help them find a community that is best for their budget, care needs, social needs and what part of town they want to live in.
If you know someone who needs to start looking for an independent living retirement community or assisted living community OR needs to find one right away, call Tyler West at (803) 667-4400. Tyler will be glad to meet with you at your home, or even at the hospital or rehab facility where your loved one may be receiving care, to discuss your loved ones care needs, budget and other preferences. He can also discuss their needs over the phone if that is better for you and can help you find the best community to meet the needs of you or your loved one.
Tyler and Hunter both look forward to hearing from you whether you need in home care, help finding assisted living or any other senior solution!