Often, summer memories focus on family time and beach fun. Unfortunately, summer time for seniors may mean too much heat or humidity and all that indoor time can lead to an inactive and sedentary lifestyle.
Keeping on the move is an important part of our senior’s daily activity and if we can’t take Mom to the beach…let’s bring the beach to the Mom with this fun indoor activity!
A Day At The Beach
This mobility activity can be made easier for seniors with eyesight problems if the family caregiver describes the actions:
- Hold a beach ball at chest level in both hands.
- Stretch arms out straight.
- Then pull arms back to the chest.
- Repeat while counting to 10.
Put this skill to work while doing something a fun! How about tuning into one of the great 1960s-era beach-themed movies with Frankie and Annette? Or, plugging in a favorite Beach Boys CD? While in a sitting position, your senior can march to the time of the music, too!
And, if your senior looks forward to sharing time with other you can check out senior water aerobics at your neighborhood Houston- Area YMCA.
Warning Signs That Seniors May Be Suffering From Inactivity or Frailty:
Change. A change in behavior such as withdrawing from interests such as chatting with neighbors, keeping up with local news or dropping out of a volunteer group may be a sign that your senior should schedule a visit with their doctor.
Inactivity. Parents may suddenly become very inactive. Plan on spending time with your mom or dad to investigate their involvement in special interests or other reasons why the change in their activity level.
Slowing down. Has your mom’s walking gait taken on a sudden change? Maybe it’s time for a physical evaluation to determine the possibility of an underlying health risk.
Loss of appetite and weight. If your parent’s interest in food preparation or eating balanced meals has declined, a health review or discussion with a nutritionist may be in order.
Unsteadiness. We realize that loss of balance is a part of aging, but a sudden increase in unsteadiness could be a sign of something wrong.
If you are looking for more senior-friendly activities, please check out the online resource, “Get Mom Moving”.
Do you have a summer-fun activity that encourages your loved one to get moving? Please share with our readers!
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.