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If your aging loved one is looking for an active and independent lifestyle, getting daily exercise is especially important! However, many seniors have some joint pain or mobility limitations that can make regular exercise very difficult.
So, what can these individuals do? Let’s take a look at some low-impact exercises that are easy for people with limited mobility to work into their daily routine!
Many people may not think of walking as an exercise. But this most basic mode of getting around is also the most basic form of low-impact cardiovascular exercise!
Even those who are out of shape or have some limited mobility can be encouraged to get into the habit of walking over time. Squeezing in just 10 minutes of walking a day can make the difference between a somewhat active and sedentary lifestyle.
Seniors who are wheelchair-bound or need a walker to get around might find a daily walk to be a taxing or even impossible option. Luckily, there are some great exercise options that can be done while seated!
Some low-impact upper body chair exercises are perfect even for people who don’t have great range of motion in their lower bodies. Start the seated workout off with some simple neck stretches, arm stretches and shoulder circles to warm up.
Next, grab some light weights or some canned vegetables to do some basic strength exercises. With weights in hand, perform a set of seated row exercises by drawing the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together, and then extending the arms forward again. Keep those weights in hand to do some slow shoulder rolls after to work those trapezius muscles.
Finally, work out the core and stretch out the back with some gentle seated abdominal twists
Swimming is a famed full-body workout on its own, with low impact on the joints. Intensify a swimming pool workout by grabbing some water weights and trying out some water exercises!
Use a kickboard or just the side of the pool to do some quick kicks or slow leg swings to strengthen and stretch the legs without the impact of moving on the ground.
If your loved one is working with limited hip mobility, suggest that he or she focus on the upper body instead by doing arm exercises like circles or curls while standing on the pool floor or treading water!
Keeping your loved ones healthy and independent is our top priority at Executive Care of Toms River. Visit us online to learn more about our services!
Some seniors love to spend time cooking! For those who don’t—and for their busy caretakers— there are these easy breezy meal ideas.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The senior in your life shouldn’t skip it for lack of time!
Get the day off to a quick and easy start with some a microwave-friendly banana split oatmeal. And you don’t have to just eat this delight for breakfast either! Serve it up for a healthy and delicious dessert.
Looking for something heartier or more savory? An eggy breakfast frittata comes together more quickly than you might think. As a bonus, it serves up two helpings, so you can share—or make two meals out of it!
Salads are great for a fast and nutritionally dense lunch! These are perfect side dishes or can be paired with protein as meals on their own.
A Chinese chicken cabbage salad is hearty and packs in lots of flavor and nutrients! Not a fan of cabbage? Try subbing your favorite lettuce instead.
A classic three bean salad is an explosion of protein and taste that can be made ahead of time. This recipe also makes an easy breezy side dish to bring to the next family gathering.
Pair an easy Greek salad with some leftovers for a delightful balanced meal! This salad comes together in just 10 minutes and makes a meal on its own when topped with your favorite protein.
Feeling fruity? Try this low-calorie, nutritionally dense poppyseed fruit salad!
Make delectable one-dish dinners a breeze with an instant pot! These recipes can also be prepared in your loved one’s slow cooker of choice.
What’s more filling than hearty beef stew? This one-pot recipe creates big flavor with little effort.
Feed everyone or have leftovers for dinner all week with this one pot chicken teriyaki recipe! For fastest results, a pressure cooker is recommended.
Vegetarian? Try a one pot vegetarian chili to spice up your day!
Quality home care for your aging loved ones is our priority at Executive Care of Toms River. Visit our website to learn more about our services!
I’d like to convey to you how wonderful the aide Afia is for my mother’s care. She has been with her since last January and has become more than just a caregiver. She truly “cares” and is skillful in her abilities. My mom has had several health situations and her current health has improved to the best she has been in several years. Both her doctor and my family attribute a large part of that to Afia’s care. She is diligent about her diet and sleep patterns, and her “toileting” issues. All of this has contributed greatly to my mom’s overall improved health and her peace of mind as well as our family’s peace of mind. We cannot say enough about her. We are also very satisfied with Executive Care all the way around, from the billing department and everyone we speak with on the phone, very courteous and professional.Cindi E
It’s almost five years since we have been receiving caregivers through Executive Care, and I would like to take this transitional period to express our appreciation for the services you have provided thus far. We are particularly appreciative of the special attention and care Lili has given to our case. Lili has been very sensitive to our particular needs and it has been and remains important to us to have consistency in the arrangements by having Lili as our go-to person in light of Dr. E’s special needs. It is apparent that Lili has many other important responsibilities, so we wanted to thank Executive Care and Lili for the efforts she has made on our behalf.Judge Naomi E
I have had business dealings with Executive Care for some time now and have invariably been very satisfied. The personnel have been considerate, trustworthy, capable and always responsive. They have provided a genuine physical and emotional lift to the patient, in my case an elderly, frail sister. I do not hesitate to recommend the organization for the services rendered.Samuel S
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