Walking Keeps Seniors Fit
If your parents or other loved ones are determined to continue living in their own home, it is important that they stay fit and healthy so they remain safe there. Exercise is the key. Perhaps your parents, like many other seniors, have depended on a round of golf or swimming in their backyard pool to keep them in shape. However, the time usually comes when even climbing on and off the golf cart is too much effort.
Professionals who provide senior care in Tacoma WA have the perfect solution for you to present to your parents. According to the American Heart Association, there are many health benefits to be gained from three or four hours of walking a week, including:
- Reduced risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and colon cancer
- Improved levels of blood sugar
- Improved blood lipid profile
The residents of Tacoma-Pierce County are fortunate they have so many trails available in the area that the health department published a Walking Guide, featuring 25 walks for beginners. The trails range from under one mile to more than 10 miles in length. There must be several that would be suitable for your parents to walk alone, with friends or with an ABC companion who is experienced in providing elderly care in Tacoma.
You might want to help them plan their walks, taking into consideration any medical conditions that might limit the length and difficulty of the trail. Always focus on safety, reminding them to:
- Pack water and maybe a snack like an energy bar
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Dress in layers
- Slather on the sunscreen
- Carry any inhaler or other emergency meds
If your parents or other loved one have not been active recently, be sure to tell them that there is no shame starting with just ten minutes on the road and then gradually increase by a few minutes each time. You might suggest it’s often easier to keep motivated if they are walking with friends. If they are receiving the excellent in home care Tacoma WA Always Best Care provides, their caregiver will be pleased to accompany them.
Besides exercise to keep physically fit, your parents might need other assistance with daily living in order to maintain their own home in a familiar community. Always Best Care offers a full range of non-medical services from friendly visiting and housecleaning to meal prep and personal care.
The ABC owner and administrator for the Seattle/Tacoma area is Phil Natsiopoulos, a Certified Senior Advisor. Contact Phil at (253) 534-9596 or [email protected] to arrange a free consultation.