To stay mobile and healthy, seniors are advised to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Getting enough exercise is hard for many seniors. Exercising alone is boring. Fitness programs outside the home can be expensive and hard to get to. To ensure seniors are getting enough exercise, many states are coming up with fun ways for seniors to stay mobile.
In addition to daily exercise, seniors are urged to participate in a strength training program at least twice a week. Seniors should mix up their exercise routines. Twice a week, your mom or dad could use hand weights. The rest of the week can be divided up between walking, swimming, bicycling, or a fitness program like yoga.
To find programs in your area, you should talk to your local agency on aging. The National Council on Aging also has several partners that provide health and fitness programs for seniors around the country. Here are some of the options available throughout the U.S.
A handful of states make the Active Choices program available to senior citizens. Seniors answer some questions over the phone and in one face-to-face meeting and are given suggestions for activities and exercises that can help with mobility and health. Working with an adviser, seniors complete the exercises and have someone to talk to for support. Seniors who have caregivers can even complete the exercises with someone.
Active Living Every Day
This program is available in some communities. If there isn’t a program near your parents, they can get the workbook and go through the program on their own or with a caregiver. Taking baby steps, seniors learn how to embrace physical activity by finding activities that they enjoy. The program shows how things like gardening and housework can help with exercise and build muscle.
Project Enhance! has hundreds of fitness classes for seniors around the U.S. They’re held in senior centers, YMCAs, hospitals, and senior living communities. Fitness classes only take an hour and are held on different days of the week.
Your mom and dad may need someone to guide them through exercise routines. A home care aide can also help them avoid boredom while working out. Home care aides provide companionship. They also assist with all daily activities of living. Learn more about the many ways home care providers can make your parent’s life easier. Call our home care agency today.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of Home Care Services in Dix Hills NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.