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Maintain Senior Fitness To Stay Strong and Healthy

It’s easy to make excuses and not regularly exercise, but maintaining a consistent senior fitness plan is important.

Starting a routine exercise plan is difficult at any age. Performing exercises is tedious. We would prefer not to dedicate the time. We’re feeling the pain from yesterday’s workout. We’ve all made excuses like these for not staying physically fit; but frailty and advanced age make it even more troublesome to stay with an exercise regimen and maintain senior fitness.

New Horizons In-Home Care wants to help the elderly continue to remain more physically active with ideas to overcome the following common senior fitness obstacles:

  • Self-confidence: It’s natural for seniors to feel stressed with the idea of meeting exercise goals. It can help to begin slowly with exercises that are easy to master and progress over time; and, support the senior with consistent encouragement.
  • Attitude: Attitude is vital when it comes to physical fitness. If approached in a negative way, it will be much more challenging to maintain an effective exercise routine. Choose activities that will be enjoyable and that the older adult will look forward to.
  • Pain: The saying, “No pain, no gain” simply isn’t true. Aging adults should prevent overdoing it, and decrease the level of intensity if sensing pain or discomfort.
  • Disabilities: Aging adults with physical or cognitive restrictions can and should continue to remain active according to their ability level. Consult the physician for a referral to a personal trainer or physical therapist who can put together a program of specialized exercises.
  • Fear of Injury/Balance Problems: There are a wide range of adaptive devices to support safe, effective exercising while still improving senior fitness.
  • Financial Concerns: It does not need to cost a lot of money to be fit! Walking and other simple exercises in and around the senior’s home, using common household objects can be incorporated into an exercise program at little to no cost.
  • Fatigue or Illness: Exercises can be individualized to match the older individual’s energy level, and he or she may progressively increase the endurance level over time.

Keep in mind that the secret to ongoing positive results with an exercise regimen is to ensure the senior feels comfortable and safe with the plan and the exercises. If soreness is noted in muscles or joints the next day after exercising, a reduced intensity can be put in place; and check with the doctor if the pain or discomfort continues.

New Horizons In-Home Care’s caregivers will work hand in hand with your loved one’s healthcare provider to create a safe exercise plan according to his or her abilities to improve strength, independence, and overall quality of life. Call us at 503-400-3000 or use our online contact form to learn more about the positive aspects of daily exercise in improving senior fitness and to discover more about how our senior care in Florence and throughout western Oregon can help!

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J. M. May 4, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The people I've worked with have been so straightforward and honest. They really care about how it's going. The caregiver is very understanding, knowledgeable. He can see ahead and makes some suggestions. I can leave if I need without the least bit of worry. He is really proactive, I know he cares and trust him impeccably.

Pamela V. April 9, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
I like how nice the caregivers are. The office staff is prompt on getting somebody out here when it is needed and the caregivers make me feel better than what I am. They are willing to do anything I ask of them.

Barbara W. February 2, 2020

Corvallis, Or Client
We are happy to have them because they do well. They come when they are supposed to and do what they are supposed to. They do things that we didn't know we needed. They assess the situation well and plan for the right care. They are very dependable and thorough and are very friendly and helpful. We're very satisfied.

Candice S. April 1, 2020

Salem, Or Client
They are very helpful and on time with things. They do what they say they are going to do. They will talk to me and help me when needed. I don't have to wait forever to pick up my calls and they are quick to get back to me. It has been positive.

Sharon R. April 01, 2020

Salem, Or Client
The caregivers will do anything that we ask of them. They have been very convenient. and are able to be here and do things for us that we cannot do.

O.H. February 14, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
The caregiver they sent me is awesome. People in the office staff are friendly and they know what they are talking about. The case manager, is a wonderful person and she knows her job. If I need something, all I have to do is call them.

Mary B. April 01, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
It has taken a great load off of our shoulders, especially mine. It has helped my health as well and gives my husband some social time. They are really good at scheduling around our schedule and are matched very well to his needs. We always recommend them to others who need care.

Denise B. March 02, 2020

Salem, Or Client
My caregiver is wonderful. I wish I could have more time. They do so much for me that I can't do for myself. They spend a few minutes to talk with me and be social. They are very open, caring, patient, outgoing, understanding, and kind people. If I need help with anything they will always help me. They are so helpful. I don't know what I'd do without their services.

Gail P. February 13, 2020

Florence Or,
The office staff found the right person for us. They check in regularly. What we need is someone who could do the cleaning and we have that. I like the fact that they have provided the kind of assistance that we needed. The caregiver we have is excellent.

Barbara N. February 12, 2020

Eugene, Or Client
They are courteous, respectful, and serve good food, and do everything we ask. They did all of their duties and everything was done in a timely manner. They were very helpful.
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