Having a recommendation to start exercising and the "all clear" from your aging adult's doctor doesn't automatically make exercise fun. Trying some of these suggestions might help at least a little bit, however.
Find Activities that You Truly Enjoy
The less that exercise feels like a chore to you and your aging adult, the easier it will be to stick with it. Start making some lists of activities that involve movement that your elder care recipient enjoys doing. You may find that you want to modify some of those activities or look for activities that are similar to those that she already enjoys.
Add a Little Bit of Competition to the Mix
Fitness tracking companies usually have a component in their app that encourages users to compete against other people who use the same tracker. The reason that this works is because it can be really effective. Find little ways to compete with your senior as you both exercise. You might find it motivates both of you.
Find a Distraction During Exercise
One of the worst things about hating to exercise is thinking about how much you hate exercise while you're doing it, that's why you and your elderly family member need a distraction. Turn on a movie or a favorite television show. In fact, you might save a specific favorite show to only watch while you exercise. Another option might be listening to your favorite music or even to audiobooks or podcasts.
Make Exercise a Social Event
Some people are much more motivated by social adventures and if that's the case for your aging adult, then it might be a good idea to contact senior centers and agencies that help the elderly to find out what opportunities exist for your care recipient to exercise with other people her own age. She might just meet some new friends.
Add Exercise in Smaller Ways
Another way to help motivate your senior family member is to incorporate more activities into every day that involve moving, but might not actually be exercise. Moving is the end goal, after all, and if you and your aging adult can get some more movement into every day, that's a win.
When you find a system that works for your elder, share it with the other people in her life such as other family members and elder care providers. They can use the information to help your family member stay more active, too.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Deerfield IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
Elder Care Observances: National Hot Tea Month
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Now that the cold weather has definitely set in and you are settling in for the winter, your thoughts are likely turning to the foods and beverages that will keep you warm and cozy. One of the best of these is hot tea. There is nothing quite like curling up with a hot cup of tea at the end of one of those bone-chilling days in your elder care journey and relaxing as the warmth and soothing flavors comfort and relax you. January is National Hot Tea Month, the ideal opportunity for you to celebrate all of the wonderful flavors and benefits of your favorite cup of hot tea and find new and exciting ways to make this toasty beverage part of your ongoing elder care efforts with your parents.
Let these ideas inspire you and your parents' elderly health care services provider to come up with ways to celebrate National Hot Tea Month together this January:
• Try loose tea. While most people use tea bags to make their cup of hot tea, there is nothing that compares to the flavor and potency of loose tea. In order to make a cup of tea using a loose tea mixture you simply scoop tea into a strainer and put the strainer into a cup of hot water just like you would a tea bag. Wait several minutes to let the tea steep, and then enjoy. The steeping does take longer with a strainer, but it is worth it. Plan a day to go with your parents to a local tea shop to try different mixes and find a new mix to enjoy together. They can even give you tips for making the perfect pot
• Pick a new strainer. If you are going to enjoy a delicious cup of hot tea made from loose tea you will need a strainer. There is a seemingly endless variety of these strainers available, making them a fun personalization for your and your aging parents' cup. Look for strainers that fit with a hobby or personal interest and when you are not using them to make tea, use them as decoration for your parents' kitchen
• Experiment with new flavors. Change up your usual tea experience by experimenting with a variety of new flavors. Adding a boost of taste to your tea is as easy as adding ingredients to your strainer while steeping the tea, or adding ingredients right to your cup if you are using a tea bag. Try citrus zest, fresh ginger root, pieces of peppermint, honey, or even peach nectar
• Get creamy. Create an indulgent experience by adding extra cream to your chai or other sweet tea blend and then topping it with a strong spice. The experience is soothing and rich like coffee, but offers you all of the benefits of herbal tea
• Get crafty. If you happen to find a cup of tea that has gone cold, do not just throw it away. Use it for a special craft. Just pour the tea over pieces of high quality paper for an antiqued look you can use for stationary or scrapbook.
If you or an aging loved one are considering in-home elder care in Deerfield, IL, please contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.