Your loved one may suffer from mobility issues, either temporary or permanent ones. If those mobility issues seem daunting and like they will limit activity options, they don’t have to.

U.S. Census numbers report 47 million seniors living in our country, and this means that there are plenty of mobility issues being experienced. It was discovered in 2014 that 40% of those 65 and older have at least one disability. Of those, some two-thirds admitted to having issues with walking or climbing.

Just because your loved one has limited mobility doesn’t have to mean his or her fun comes to a halt.

Bringing Fun Back to Those With Limited Mobility

Mobility issues can be brought on by things like arthritis, stroke and injuries. Your loved one can turn his or her focus from mobility issues to getting back to fun with these ideas:

  1. Scrapbooking. If your loved one has a collection of old family photos stored away in boxes at home, a scrapbook could be just the ticket. Your loved one will get to take a trip through memory lane and you can join in as he or she relives those excellent moments.
  2. The great outdoors. Being outdoors can give anyone a mood lift, regardless of their age. Your loved one can enjoy the nice summer months from the safety of a shaded area, making sure he or she doesn’t get too overheated.
  3. Exercise options. Just because his or her mobility may be limited, that doesn’t mean exercise stops being an option. Your loved one can enjoy chair exercises, chair yoga, and even focus on balance through walker exercises.
  4. Bingo. It may seem stereotypical, but don’t count out the game of bingo! Not only is it a fun outing, but it’s also a way for your loved one to get some socialization in.
  5. Embracing the creative side. It is known that depression and anxiety can be minimized by participating in creative activities like painting, drawing, crafts and sculpting. Fun, creative and engaging—you can’t go wrong there!

Your loved one can say goodbye to the downer days brought on by limited mobility in plenty of ways, especially through the ideas listed above.

Know that Executive Care of Freehold is always ready to step in and help make sure your loved one is leading the life he or she wants and deserves, right in the comfort of home. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our in-home care services.

Those times spent outside enjoying the excellent summertime weather are something that benefits people of all ages, including seniors.

Your loved one may be reaping some benefits from time outside, but those high temperatures could have serious consequences for his or her health and well-being.

It is the changes in the body that come with old age that can make the heat so dangerous for the elderly. Not only are the physiological changes making it difficult to deal with the heat, but there can be underlying health issues at work or medications being taken that can make it harder for the body to control temperature and sweat.

When Heat Is Dangerous

Heat-related illnesses, encompassed under hyperthermia, do not only pose a serious threat to your loved one’s well-being, but can even become fatal in certain situations. These illnesses can include:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps

Some other varying health-related issues could increase the risk of hyperthermia, so be sure you are familiar with them as it could mean the difference between life and death. Some of these factors include:

  • Age-related changes like poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that call for salt-restricted diets
  • Being overweight or underweight
  • Reduced sweating from medications like diuretics, sedatives, etc.

Keeping Seniors Safe in the Summer

There’s no need for keeping your loved one safe from the dangers of heat to be a difficult or time-consuming task.

There are two ways to keep older adults protected from the heat, which are to make sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

Limiting time outdoors between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., prime heat times during the day, is a wise idea. You should also be sure your loved one isn’t using a fan as his or her sole cooling source and is spending enough time in air-conditioned areas.

An increase on water intake can be wise during the summer, with your loved one needing to remember to take a drink even when he or she is not thirsty. Take precautions, though, if he or she has medical issues or medications that call for fluid limitations and always consult with a doctor first.

These safety tips can help ensure that your aging loved one’s summer is one that is enjoyable, beneficial and safe.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Freehold can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.

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