We know that many seniors may feel homebound or restricted activity-wise due to temporary or permanent mobility issues. Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case!

The U.S. Census reports that 47 million seniors live in our country, and that means there are plenty of mobility issues being dealt with. A survey found in 2014 that 40% of those 65 and older have at least one disability. Trouble with walking or climbing stairs was reported by two-thirds of them.

Mobility Issues Don’t Have to Stop the Fun

There are some health situations, like arthritis, stroke or injuries due to falling, that can hamper your loved one’s mobility. Despite this, he or she is still able to lead a fun and fulfilling life.

Here are some activity ideas that your loved one can enjoy:

  1. Scrapbooking. Keeping memories alive—that’s what a scrapbook can do. Your loved one can sort through old photos and relive those happy moments and pass down some fun family stories to you!
  2. The great outdoors. The mood boost that can be had from the outdoors is excellent for anyone regardless of their age. Your loved one can enjoy the nice summer months from the safety of a shaded area, making sure he or she doesn’t get too overheated.
  3. Exercise options. Just because their mobility may be limited, that doesn’t mean exercise stops being an option. Your loved one can enjoy chair exercises, chair yoga and even focus on balance through walker exercises.
  4. Bingo. Not only is bingo a fun time out, but it also provides socialization aspects for older adults with limited mobility.
  5. Embracing the creative side. Fun, creative and engaging—you can’t beat that combo! It is known that depression and anxiety can be minimized by participating in creative activities like painting, drawing, crafts and sculpting.

Your loved one doesn’t have to suffer through issues with limited mobility and miss out on the fun aspects of life.

Know that Executive Care of Southern Ocean is always ready to step in and help make sure your loved one is leading the life he or she wants and deserves, right in the comfort of home. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our in-home care services.

 

Those times spent outside enjoying the excellent summertime weather are something that is enjoyed by people of all ages.

There can be many benefits to spending quality time outside for seniors, but it is also possible for those benefits to turn to negatives quickly.

Older adults can fall victim to heat stress due to changes in their bodies. It can become difficult for their systems to adapt to changes in temperatures, with things such as chronic medical conditions, medications and the body’s overall ability to control sweat and temperature adjustments turning faulty.

How Heat Is Dangerous

Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, are able to go from minor to serious, even life-threatening, very fast. These illnesses can be:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps

There are other factors from the heat that may boost the risk of hyperthermia, so be sure you are familiar with them because it could save a life. Some of these factors include:

  • Age-related changes like poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that call for salt-restricted diets
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.

Ways to Keep Them Safe

There’s no need for protecting your loved one from the risks of heat stress to be a hard or time-consuming task.

There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

The time they spend outside should be limited during peak heat hours, which usually fall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Also, be sure they are spending their time in an air-conditioned building as a fan is not the best option for a cooling source.

Increasing water intake when spending time out in the heat is a wise option, and be sure they are drinking even before becoming thirsty. Take precautions, though, if they have fluid limitations or are taking medications such as water pills. It is always best to consult with a doctor regarding the recommended drink amounts.

These safety tips can help ensure that your aging loved one’s summer is one that is enjoyable, beneficial and safe.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Southern Ocean can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.

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