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How to Get Ready for National Senior Health & Fitness Day

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is an annual event in which more than 100,000 seniors participate. This year, the event is being held across the United States on Wednesday, May 31st. The event strives to promote healthy lifestyle choices among seniors, and it often involves fitness classes, senior health information sessions, and other fun activities.

Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional non-medical in-home care. Warren, NJ, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Here are a few things you and your loved one can do to prepare for National Senior Health & Fitness Day.

Find a Local Participating Organization

Every year, several health clubs, senior centers, parks & recreation departments, hospitals, and places of worship offer special events on National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Look for a local organization that arranges this event.

Prepare for the Specific Event

Once you’ve found a local event for your senior loved one, help him or her attend it. The events vary from organization to organization and can include fitness walks, flash mobs, water aerobics, yoga, and other activities. Many organizations also schedule health information workshops, health screenings, and awareness campaigns about senior health. It’s also possible there will be gift bags full of buttons, t-shirts, and other accessories. 

Before attending, find out whether any specific equipment or clothing is needed for the event. Fitness classes like yoga and aerobics generally require clothing that allows movement. 

Do a Few Preliminary Exercises

Seniors should not wait for a particular event to get active and healthy. If they haven’t exercised in a while, they should consider activities such as taking a walk around the block or visiting a nearby park. If they’re feeling a little more adventurous, they can try a few strength and flexibility exercises. Arm curls, leg raises, chair stands, and toe touches are a good way for mobile seniors to stay fit. 

Family caregivers can also help their loved ones exercise at home. There are many exercise videos available online, and libraries often have several fitness DVDs. For seniors who haven’t exercised in a while, having a workout buddy may provide the boost of confidence they need to get active.

Seniors with limited mobility may require assistance with exercise and other daily tasks. Warren respite care professionals can assist seniors with a wide array of daily tasks, offering family caregivers the chance to focus on other personal responsibilities or take a break to prevent burnout. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or a few days a week, respite care is the perfect solution for family caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed.  

Invite Friends

Invite your loved one’s friends and family members to join him or her on the day of the event. Regardless of fitness level, seniors are sure to have fun at local Senior Health & Fitness Day events. 

Regular exercise can reduce your loved one’s risk of dementia and other types of cognitive health conditions. If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia, consult his or her doctor, opt for high-quality dementia in-home care services, and make this National Senior Health & Fitness Day memorable for him or her. For dementia home care Warren, NJ, families can count on, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers use revolutionary memory care programs to help seniors stave off the progression of dementia, and they can also assist with a wide variety of important everyday tasks, including bathing, grooming, exercise, and cooking. To learn about our customized dementia care plans, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 908.450.9400 today.