The holidays are around the corner. Most families are making plans to get together, spend quality time and share their favorite meals.
As the holidays approach, we begin to reflect on our year and the unfulfilled goals. It’s time to buckle up and finish strong!
Here we share some recommendations for this end of the year:
- Remember to consider all members of your family when planning the festivities, including the older adults.
- Keep in mind that we are not off the hook with COVID-19. Follow all local, state, and federal guidelines. Some simple recommendations have proven to be very effective:
- Maintain social distancing
- Wash your hands
- Wear a mask
- Get vaccinated
- Enjoy guilt-free by staying active.
Be aware of the activity level of the older ones in your family. Invite them to reap the benefits of physical activity like lower rates of diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, and the benefits of having an enhanced bone mass, higher level of function, and decreased risk of falling.
Physical activity can be challenging for most of us. However, acknowledge the factors that impact our activity level as we age, like safety, fear, health concerns, pain, fatigue, and lack of social support.
Be your older adult’s cheerleader. Being physically active is possible at all ages.
There are plenty of resources to guide you and your loved one, but these are the top three tips for becoming more active:
- Start small, find opportunities to move throughout the day.
- Find something you enjoy; if you like the activity, you will likely stick with it.
- Know your body. Only you know your capacity, be reasonable with your expectations.
At Residential Plaza at Blue Lagoon, we understand the importance of the physical activity to enable our residents’ independence. Residential Plaza’s Wellness Program encompasses a variety of activities to appeal to our residents’ interests. To learn more about our community, visit www.residentialplaza.com
For more ideas, we invite you to read the blog: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR SENIORS (https://sixtyandme.com/aging/senior-physical-activity-guide/)