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Why Your Elderly Loved One Should Leave the House More Often

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

If your senior loved one has been cooped up in the house for too long, it’s time to convince him or her to get out for a little while. Even if your loved one has limited mobility or is managing a serious health condition, it’s important for him or her to spend some time outside each day. The Warren, NJ, senior home care experts at Home Care Assistance discuss some of the benefits of getting out of the house.

Absorb Vitamin D from the Sun

As people age, they may become deficient in vitamin D, a hormone that helps ward off feelings of depression and anxiety and is essential for proper immune function and cardiovascular health. Getting out of the house and spending just a few minutes outdoors in the sunshine can help your loved one get his or her recommended daily allowance of vitamin D. Also, having adequate vitamin D in the body can help keep your loved one’s bones strong and reduce his or her risk of fractures in the event of a fall. Vitamin D can also help lower high blood pressure, stabilize blood glucose levels, and lower the risk for stroke. 

Enjoy Nature

Your loved one may also benefit from leaving the house and being exposed to nature. Looking at greenery and flowers can help boost your loved one’s mood and provide him or her with a feeling of wellbeing. The fresh air can help increase oxygen levels in the blood and even reduce the symptoms of indoor allergies like a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and post-nasal drip.

Get Exercise

Getting out of the house means your loved one will likely be engaging in a certain amount of exercise, even if it’s only a short walk in the park or doing a little grocery shopping. Even mild exercise can help increase circulation, restore mobility, boost mood, stimulate appetite, and eliminate pain and stiffness from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Many seniors, especially those who take prescription medications or have preexisting medical conditions, may be at risk for a diminished appetite. In some cases, this can lead to weight loss, muscle atrophy, and nutritional deficiencies. Exercise can quickly enhance your loved one’s appetite while building strength and stamina. 

Ensure your loved one has more opportunities to spend time outdoors by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. Our respite and live-in caregivers can assist with mobility and exercise, provide transportation and social companionship, and help with many different daily tasks. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia home care Warren seniors and their families can count on. For more information and to schedule a free in-home consultation, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 908.450.9400 today.