Does your elderly loved one have arthritis? If so, the first thing you may know about their condition is that they have good days and bad days. Arthritis can flare up for many reasons. For some people, the weather can cause arthritis flare ups. For others, sitting still for too long can cause these flare ups. While there is nothing that you can do about the weather, you can encourage your elderly loved one to do more physical activity.
Here are some physical activity ideas for those who have arthritis.
If your elderly loved one has arthritis, one of the things they should do is to get walking. Walking for a little bit every day, even multiple times each day, can help to relieve some of the pain your elderly loved one experiences with their arthritis. In addition, walking can help to prevent flare ups from happening. While the flare ups probably won’t go away completely, the relief that your elderly loved one does get can be amazing. You or a home care provider can help your loved one to create a walking schedule or routine. For instance, they may want to walk for 10 minutes in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
Are you or a home care provider going grocery shopping for your elderly loved one? Maybe they don’t like grocery shopping or they physically aren’t able to walk through the store for as long as it takes to get groceries. Even if this is the case, if they are able to, you might want to have them carry groceries from the car into the house. This is quite the physical activity. It will not only get your elderly loved one walking, but it will boost their arm and core strength, as well.
Finding Friends to Exercise With
One of the reasons that many elderly people don’t exercise much is because they don’t want to do it alone. However, if your elderly loved one has arthritis, it is important that they are exercising. They could ask their neighbor to exercise with them. You or their home care provider could exercise with them. They could also join a fitness center if there is one in their area. Finding friends to exercise with can help encourage your loved one to exercise.
If your elderly loved one needs another way to get physical activity, they can volunteer. Most volunteer jobs require the person to be up and moving around. Even if your elderly loved one was to volunteer for a few hours a couple of days each week, that would increase the amount of physical activity they get.
These are some of the types of physical activity that your elderly loved one can get weekly. If they have arthritis, these activities should help to reduce some of the pain and flare ups that your loved one has.