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Below are some tips on ways to motivate seniors to exercise:
- Educate– teach them that regular physical activity- including endurance, muscle strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises are essential for healthy aging.
- Help them set realistic goals and develop an exercise plan.
- Create a chart, or “prescription” and make easy to understand: type of exercise, frequency, intensity, how much time spent in each activity. Check up with them on their progress and re-evaluate goals over time.
- Refer seniors to community resources such as senior fitness classes at the YMCA or other such groups.
- Help them connect to support groups on-line.
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When do you know if your loved one needs a caregiver?
Below are some items you may want to monitor, as you visit your loved one.
-Mail is piling up, bills are not being paid, calls from collection agencies
-The yard or house is no longer being maintained
-Changes in personal hygiene or change in typical behavior (like smoking in the bed, when the person used to only smoke outside).
-Changes in typical habits of eating/diet and exhibiting weight loss (or noticing clothing is now loose)
-Forgetting to take medication
-Unexplained dents or scratches on car (from bumping into objects when driving) Read the rest of this entry »
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Billy Graham lived to be 99 years old and lived a life of commitment and servanthood. As a senior, he continued to pursue his passion. Here is a wonderful article on his funeral.