Staying Active as a Senior

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As we get older, it may get more difficult for us to move around and perform household chores. Perhaps you have trouble keeping your balance or you feel that you are not as strong as you used to be. It is crucial to stay as active as possible as we age. This way, we can stay strong and stay independent.

There are several ways an older adult can stay active and busy. A variety of programs and services are available and reasonably priced. Depending on your conditions or needs, it is important to research a program that would be a good fit. One of the biggest complaints older adults have is boredom. This may be because their health conditions could limit their ability to be active, social, and engaged. The results of these conditions can be feelings of isolation and loneliness, and these feelings can further affect physical and mental health.

An in-home caregiver or companion is an option available for those who would like company and assistance around the home. Sometimes older adults need assistance with tasks such as bathing, chores, dressing or grocery shopping. In-home caregivers can provide some casual companionship as well, which can help the feeling of isolation and boredom.

They are not for everyone, but adult day programs are a way seniors can get up, out and meet some of their peers. Adult day programs sometimes include social clubs for retirees, exercise classes, field trips, nutritious meals, and support groups. These day programs are usually run by nonprofit senior centers or organizations that have a sliding scale for program fees.

Volunteering for local non-profits can be another way older adults can stay engaged in their community. Nonprofits across the nation provide a vast amount of programs for seniors. Volunteer visitors, errand-running programs, visitor pets are just a few options available for seniors. Programs tend to differ depending on the city you live in and it is probably best to check your local senior center for nonprofits in your area.

Peer counseling is also something that older adults can look into for casual companionship as well as emotional support. Someone who can relate to your current position in life is sometimes the best person to speak to about personal or emotional issues you may experience. Senior Peer Counseling is a volunteer program that is offered nationally for the sole purpose of helping seniors find company as well as support. Counselors are usually matched with senior clients who can visit them in their own home or at a local senior center or somewhere the person feels comfortable. These peer counseling programs are usually organized by nonprofit organizations and senior centers.

Find a senior center and look for what kind of exercise classes they have available. Just about any type of exercise will benefit you as you age as long as you do not risk injury. Cardiovascular exercises like swimming, walking, biking, or tennis are all physical activities that can keep you fit and active without the risk of serious injury. Of course, speak with your doctor first to make sure the exercise regime won’t over exert your body and lead to injury and sickness. Physical activities that challenge your balance are also important if you have trouble in this area. Pilates, yoga, and tai chi are exercises that will keep you flexible and nimble. They will also help you prevent losing balance or falling. Strength training activities such as free weights, weight machines, or resistance exercises can help you perform chores around the home. Overall, exercising can help you stay engaged, active and social.

By Guest Blogger Jacob Edward

 

Jacob Edward is the manager of Senior Planning in Phoenix Arizona. Jacob founded Senior Planning in 2007 and has helped many Arizona seniors and their families navigate the process of long term care planning. Senior Planning provides assistance to seniors and the disabled finding and arranging care services, as well as applying for state and federal benefits. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys dining out and supporting his alma mater Arizona State’s Sun Devil sports teams. Jacob lives in Tempe, Arizona.

 

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