Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects the way a person moves about. Balance, flexibility, and gait may all be affected. Although PD causes movement problems, it is still important for older adults with the disease to exercise. Exercise can’t stop PD, but it can improve many of the symptoms related to movement, making day-to-day life easier. Here are six tips to help your aging family member with PD to exercise safely and improve their health.
#1 Talk to the Doctor First
Before starting an exercise program, it is always wise to consult with a doctor. For people with PD, it is especially important to seek a doctor’s advice about the kinds of exercise they should be doing given their condition. The doctor may also suggest that they see a physical therapist who can help tailor a plan according to their symptoms and limitations.
#2 Choose an Enjoyable Form of Exercise
People are much more likely to stick to an exercise program if they enjoy what they are doing. If the older adult likes dancing, try a Zumba class. Or, if they like swimming, look for a water aerobics class. Whatever the person likes doing, as long as it gets them moving, it counts! And, if your family member doesn’t like the first thing they try, try something else until they find something they like and can stick with.
#3 Exercise Doesn’t Have to Be Costly
For seniors who are on a tight budget, exercise can be daunting because they may think they need to pay for a gym membership or group fitness class. However, there are lots of ways they can exercise that won’t cost a dime. Walking is always free, and it’s a great form of exercise. In addition, the local senior center may be able to tell you about free or inexpensive fitness classes designed especially for older adults.
#4 Exercise with a Friend
It can be easier to stick to an exercise routine when a friend is involved. Having someone to exercise with makes it more fun. It also provides an added incentive because the senior won’t want to let their friend down by not showing up.
#5 Follow Safety Precautions
Make sure the exercise area is a safe place. Floors should not be slippery or have throw rugs. It should also be well lit. Provide grab bars or a sturdy chair to aid with balance.
#6 Enlist the Help of an Elderly Care Provider
An elderly care provider can help older adults with PD to exercise, whether they exercise at home or at a gym. An elderly care provider can drive your aging family member to the gym or group exercise class, ensuring that they continue with their exercise program. Elderly care providers can go for walks with the person, or monitor their exercise at home so they remain safe.
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