Mobility Issues Don’t Have to Mean Boredom | Executive Care of Clearwater
Mobility issues can be encountered by many seniors, perhaps even your loved one. While many may consider limited mobility to be, well, limiting, know that it doesn’t have to be the case.
The U.S. Census reported that approximately 47 million seniors are a part of our country’s population. The U.S. Census also stated that, in 2014, nearly 40% of people 65 and older experienced at least one disability, and approximately two-thirds of that population group experienced walking and/or climbing issues.
While some things may need to change, your loved one’s life does not have to come to a screeching halt due to limited mobility.
The Fun Doesn’t Have to Stop
Certain health circumstances such as arthritis, stroke or injuries due to falling can impede your loved one’s mobility, but that does not mean an exciting life has to come to a boring end.
Here are some of the activities those who struggle with mobility can enjoy and engage in:
- Scrapbooking. If your loved one collects photos of days gone by, what a fantastic way for him or her to relive the memories those photos stir up by organizing them into a scrapbook for others to enjoy.
- Quality time outside. Nothing can beat the mood booster that being outdoors can provide. With the summer months here, sitting outside in a shaded area can prove a boon for the soul. It’s important that too much time in the heat is not had though.
- 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.
- Bingo. Why is it that bingo seems to be considered an older generation activity? But did you know it helps keep the mind sharp, offers a social venue and a little bit of fun competition? Encourage your loved one to participate!
- Creative activities. Breaking out some activities like painting, drawing, sculpting and more can not only influence your loved one’s creative side, but actually help him or her fight back feelings of depression and anxiety.
You can help keep things exciting for a loved one who is dealing with a mobility issue. Make sure your loved one knows there are plenty of reasons to get up, dress up and show up and enjoy every day of his or her life!
Know that Executive Care of Clearwater 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.