Tuesday Tips for Caregivers ~ Mobility Issues & Activities for Aging Adults
Mobility is a key component in feeling independent, healthy, and overall satisfied. As we age, we are at greater risk of becoming less mobile due to aging-related issues. These issues can result from changes in joint health, injuries, or declining cognitive health. As a result of these health-related issues, we may become less able to move about as we once did, whether it is driving, walking, running, or just moving around the house. Adapting to reduced mobility is not easy and can result in depression, feelings of isolation, and declines in physical health.
Family caregivers, on the other hand, may face challenges in helping their loved ones overcome the vicissitudes of aging. They should keep in mind that changes in mobility is an important factor to consider when providing care. By helping their loved one’s adapt to changes in mobility, family caregivers can help their loved one’s discover more satisfaction in day to day life. In this blog, we will go over ways family caregivers can address mobility issues and how to help loved one’s overcome mobility challenges.
When do we become immobile?
We become immobile when we are unable to intentionally move without restriction. This can apply to the entire body or to individual extremities.
It is helpful to keep in mind that mobility exists on a spectrum across activities and individuals. This means that every person will move in ways that feel harder for them and may be easier for others, and vice versa. Also, certain activities may be more available to some than others. This is okay. As a family caregiver, it is your job to try and figure out what your loved one can safely and comfortable do.
Activities to Consider
You may be wondering exactly what kind of activities there are for those with limited mobility. The good news is that even if your loved one is living with limited mobility, there are many simple things you can incorporate into their day-to-day life to keep them active.
Walking: One major difference we face as we get older may be the speed at which we walk or run. For example, many elderly individuals may not be able to go on jogs as they once used to, but perhaps they can still walk around the neighborhood or park. Walking is a great way to maintain and improve cardiovascular health.
If other physical activities come to mind and if your loved one can perform them, then you should try to incorporate it!
Gardening: Gardening is a great, light-weight activity to do to not only get outside, but to do something fun. If you think your loved one can help you garden, then try to start with a few small pots and maybe see if you want to start a larger project.
Doing thing around the house: If your loved one is largely limited to their home, perhaps there are easy things you can get done around the house. These things may include folding laundry, doing dishes, or sweeping the floor. This may also be a great way for your loved one to feel a sense of accomplishment for completing daily tasks.
Pursuing Creativity: Another task that is low impact yet very fun is to do something creative. An easy example can be “paint by numbers” or making a cup out of clay. Ask our loved one what kind of activities they love to do and try to make it possible for them.
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