Home caregivers spend much of their time with seniors—helping them with groceries, bathing, exercise, motivation, self-esteem and much more. Here are tips from various caregivers on how to add years to a senior’s life.
- Continue to set goals and dreams. You may not be in the same shape you were before, but you still have much to offer and do. Home caregivers will help you.
- Stay physically active; incorporate fitness in your goals as much as possible. Physical activity helps ward off diseases such as diabetes and cancer, but the benefits extend much further. Exercising regularly wards off dementia and physical decline. It also will help you recover more quickly from falls and other incidents that restrict mobility and strength. Caregivers will go to water aerobics or on walks with you so you can enjoy your time without worrying about if you might fall. Fitness should be a part of their regular routine.
- Make sure your goals are as specific as possible. Use numbers and have a measuring system. Instead of going vague like: “I want to work out 40 minutes a day,” be specific such as: “I want to do resistance training three times a week for at least thirty minutes.”
- Focus on your entire body. Resistance training, walking, water aerobics, triathlons—don’t limit yourself! Many gyms are senior-friendly and have weights in 1-pound and 2-pound increments. Staff is familiar with conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis.
- Continue socializing and setting goals for your mind. For example, go to a new volunteer event every month, strive to read one book a week and paint a new work once every two months. You could even try out for community plays and work on writing a book.
- Make sure that their home has been made accident proof. There are a number of things that can create a safe environment that better helps your senior stay healthy.
- Keep up appearances—both on yourself and your home and property. You’ll continue to feel great about yourself if you take care in your clothing choices and your home decor choices.