Living independently as you endure health issues or grow older can become an increasing challenge; however, there are several ways to increase your chances of remaining in your home for as long as possible.
“Remaining active helps seniors live the highest possible quality of life by keeping them happy and engaged, and it fosters healthy independent living within their own homes,” says Kathleen Noll, home care manager at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown.
Increasing and maintaining physical strength can help prevent falls, which decreases the risk of bone fractures, one of the major causes of hospitalization and loss of independence.
Physical activity can also increase bone density and muscle and joint mobility, which can help you continue the daily activities you enjoy. Here are a few different kinds of exercise that can help you stay independent at home:
- General strength exercises, like body weight exercises or using resistance bands, can help strengthen joints and muscles with minimal stress.
- Balance exercises, like foot taps, head rotations, standing marches and even yoga can help improve balance over time and reduce the risk of falls.
- Cardiovascular activities that get your heart rate up, such as walking, swimming and biking, can help keep you active while minimizing joint stress.
- Flexibility exercises, like taking time to stretch in the morning and at night, can help all other activities become easier.
One great way to start your journey toward a healthier and more active life is joining a community fitness center. Many fitness centers also offer classes, which can help you stay motivated.
Consult your physician about all new exercises you want to incorporate into your routine, especially if you have underlying health concerns. Everyone will need a different routine that helps them best achieve their health goals. When properly incorporated into your life, the above exercises can help you stay more independent in your home for longer, providing you greater freedom in the future.
Masonic Village Home Care can provide you with valuable resources to maintain your overall health, wellness and independence. Contact staff today for a customized plan.