Home Care in Barrington IL
Most medical professionals agree that exercise is important for people of all ages. That also is true for seniors. Even for elderly individuals who require some type of assistance at home, they should still be getting regular exercise, unless they have been told expressly by their primary care physician to avoid any strenuous activity.
Getting exercise may be challenging for some, especially if they have limited mobility. For any senior who relies on some type of home care, they may be relying on that assistance because of challenges they have getting around, diminished strength in their legs and the rest of their body, and other issues.
The prospect of hitting the gym, running on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike, or even swimming laps in a pool could be laughable to them. Being encouraged to go for a walk up and down the hallway could certainly become tedious and boring, even though it might be beneficial, especially if the senior is pushing themselves to a faster pace than they normally walk. One activity that can have tremendous health benefits is dancing.
Dancing doesn’t have to be something extremely complicated or physically exhausting. The act of dancing is simply about moving to the rhythm and feel of music. That could include simply standing in the middle of the room, leaning on a walker, and moving their feet around along with their shoulders and hips.
It could also involve taking a certain dance class that is specifically engineered for seniors. There are many qualified instructors who have plenty of experience working with elderly clients that they can devise a strong regimen to help the senior get exercise and enjoy learning how to dance.
The senior doesn’t have to necessarily learn a complete tango, do a meringue, or even learn the cha-cha. She can simply do a slow dance with a good friend or loved one. She could listen to some of her favorite music from her youth and begin to feel the rhythm once again, causing the body to want to move on its own.
As long as it is done in a safe and healthy environment, dancing will provide nothing but great benefits for their health. Increasing the heart rate helps to move oxygen through the body more effectively and efficiently. It also gets the heart muscle the exercise it needs to remain strong.
Dancing can also help reduce muscle loss in legs and other parts of the body, which can be directly associated with a loss of balance and difficulty climbing up and down stairs. National Dance Week is April 24th through May 3rd and this is a potentially great opportunity to get the senior in your life up and moving once again.
If you or an aging loved one are interested in home care near Barrington, IL, call the caring staff at Harmony Home Care Inc. at 847-382-6200. Providing Care in Barrington, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Huntley, Hoffman Estates, & Vernon Hills.
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