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When you think about the components of a healthy lifestyle, exercise is a key one. But what happens when mobility or balance is challenged during the aging process?
Exercise can be challenging as we get older, which is why we want to share some ideas of low-impact exercises for older adults.
Believe it or not, even walking is a form of exercise. This basic way of getting around has low impact on the joints and is great for the body and the heart.
Even those who are out of shape or have some limited mobility can be encouraged to get into the habit of walking over time. Squeezing in just 10 minutes of walking a day can make the difference between a somewhat active lifestyle and a sedentary lifestyle.
Walking isn’t an option for every senior! Luckly, there are lots of options for loved ones who are wheelchair bound or suffering from arthritis or degenerative disease in their lower extremities.
These upper body chair exercises are great for nearly any range of motion. Some simple neck stretches and shoulder circles make a great seated warm-up to start with!
Next, grab some light weights or some canned vegetables to do some basic strength exercises. With weights in hand, perform a set of seated row exercises by drawing the elbows back and squeezing the shoulder blades together, and then extending the arms forward again. Keep those weights in hand to do some slow shoulder rolls after to work those trapezius muscles.
Finish the chair workout with some abdominal twists to work the core and stretch the back.
Swimming is a famed full-body workout on its own, with low impact on the joints. Intensify a swimming pool workout by grabbing some water weights and trying out some water exercises!
Use a kickboard or just the side of the pool to do some quick kicks or slow leg swings to strengthen and stretch the legs without the impact of moving on the ground.
If your loved one is working with limited hip mobility, suggest that he or she focus on the upper body instead by doing arm exercises like circles or curls while standing on the pool floor or treading water!
Keeping your loved ones healthy and independent is our top priority at Executive Care of Somerville. Visit us online to learn more about our services!
Not all seniors have the time, energy or desire to spend a lot of time cooking. These delicious recipes provide all the needed nutrients without requiring a ton of time.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it when you can put it together in minutes.
Get the day started right and quickly with some microwave-friendly banana split oatmeal. This versatile recipe can be made your own for a sweet breakfast or healthy dessert.
Want a savory dish? Go for an eggy breakfast frittata! This recipe comes together in minutes and even serves two people.
Salads are great for a fast and nutritionally dense lunch! These are perfect side dishes or can be paired with protein as meals on their own.
Try out a delicious and nutritious Chinese chicken cabbage salad! You can make it your own by swapping out the cabbage or chicken for greens or meat of your choice.
A classic three bean salad makes a great side dish for family gatherings, but can also be made the night before for a hearty lunch!
A Greek salad makes a great side dish for any lunch plan. It can also be a meal on its own with the addition of your meat of choice.
Want some sweet fruit? Try out this low-calorie, nutritionally dense poppyseed fruit salad!
Make delectable one-dish dinners a breeze with an instant pot! These recipes can also be prepared in your loved one’s slow cooker of choice.
What’s more filling than hearty beef stew? This one-pot recipe creates big flavor with little effort.
Feed everyone or have leftovers for dinner all week with this one pot chicken teriyaki recipe! For fastest results, a pressure cooker is recommended.
Vegetarian? Try a one pot vegetarian chili to spice up your day!
Quality home care for your aging loved ones is our priority at Executive Care of Somerville. Visit our website to learn more about our services!
I’d like to convey to you how wonderful the aide Afia is for my mother’s care. She has been with her since last January and has become more than just a caregiver. She truly “cares” and is skillful in her abilities. My mom has had several health situations and her current health has improved to the best she has been in several years. Both her doctor and my family attribute a large part of that to Afia’s care. She is diligent about her diet and sleep patterns, and her “toileting” issues. All of this has contributed greatly to my mom’s overall improved health and her peace of mind as well as our family’s peace of mind. We cannot say enough about her. We are also very satisfied with Executive Care all the way around, from the billing department and everyone we speak with on the phone, very courteous and professional.Cindi E
It’s almost five years since we have been receiving caregivers through Executive Care, and I would like to take this transitional period to express our appreciation for the services you have provided thus far. We are particularly appreciative of the special attention and care Lili has given to our case. Lili has been very sensitive to our particular needs and it has been and remains important to us to have consistency in the arrangements by having Lili as our go-to person in light of Dr. E’s special needs. It is apparent that Lili has many other important responsibilities, so we wanted to thank Executive Care and Lili for the efforts she has made on our behalf.Judge Naomi E
I have had business dealings with Executive Care for some time now and have invariably been very satisfied. The personnel have been considerate, trustworthy, capable and always responsive. They have provided a genuine physical and emotional lift to the patient, in my case an elderly, frail sister. I do not hesitate to recommend the organization for the services rendered.Samuel S
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