“The Importance Of Keeping You’re Client Active”

Being active can help your aging client/senior in a wide range of ways, from strengthening social relationships to improving memory and even preventing depression.

The benefits of exercise are not restricted to people who have full mobility. In fact, if injury, disability, illness, or weight problems have limited your mobility, it’s even more important to experience the mood-boosting effects of exercise.

While there are many challenges that come with having mobility issues, by adopting a creative approach, you can overcome your physical limitations and find enjoyable ways to exercise.

* Exercising releases mood-boosting endorphin’s, which can help lessen feelings of depression. If your client is suffering from mood swings or depression, exercise could help re-direct their negative thoughts and provide a great deal of support.

  • Keeping the body strong is very important, and exercise is the best way to improve both mobility and strength. Seniors who “sit around” most of the time can suffer from atrophied muscles, difficulty breathing, unsteady balance, poor blood flow, and other common physical problems. Simply getting off the couch and moving can help with these issues. Even a short walk a few times a day around the house has its benefits!
  • Physical activity has been directly linked to slowing the process of mental decline. When you are physically active, every part of your body, including the brain, receives more blood flow. Blood flow encourages cell growth. By encouraging your clients/seniors to stay active, you are actually encouraging better mental health and improved cognitive functioning.
  • Scientists have found that staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.
  • Chair-bound/wheelchair bound exercises are ideal for people with lower body injuries or disabilities, those with weight problems or diabetes, and frail seniors looking to reduce their risk of falling. Cardiovascular and flexibility chair exercises can help improve posture and reduce back pain, while any chair exercise can help alleviate body sores caused by sitting in the same position for long periods. They’re also a great way to squeeze in a workout while your client is watching TV
    • If possible, choose a chair that allows you to keep your knees at 90 degrees when seated. If you’re in a wheelchair, securely apply the brakes or otherwise immobilize the chair.
    • Try to sit up tall while exercising and use your abs to maintain good posture.
    • Simple air-punching, with or without hand weights, is an easy cardio exercise from a seated position
  • Don’t give up on your clients/seniors..  If they keep saying no just keep trying to encouraging your client/senior to be more active.  Keep encourage them. Don’t be discouraged if you skip a few days or even a few weeks. It happens. Just get started again and slowly build up to your old momentum.
  • Once they start doing exercises, or range of motion exercises try to increase their time, you can even just assist them with walking around the their home, if it’s nice out go for a walk outside, or take your client to the local mall and walk around, getting them out of the house will increase their mood swings as well.