Mobility issues can be a rather unwelcome part of the aging process, with many older adults feeling that life as they know it is screeching to a halt.

The U.S. Census reports 47 million seniors living in the United States, and it should come as no surprise that mobility issues are common. It was found in a 2014 study that 40% of those 65 and older have at least one disability. Of those, some two-thirds admitted to having issues with walking or climbing.

Fortunately, limited mobility issues does not have to ruin your loved one’s fun!

Ways to Get Past Limited Mobility

It is common for health issues like arthritis, stroke and even fall-related injuries to slow your loved one down and make mobility difficult. Changes may need to be made, but in the end, there is nothing that says a fun time cannot be had with limited mobility.

These five activities are just a handful of those that can help your loved one continue enjoying life:

  1. Scrapbooking. If your loved one has a plethora of old family photos stored away in boxes at home, a scrapbook could be just the ticket. Your loved one will get to take a trip through memory lane, and you can join in as he or she relives those excellent moments.
  2. Quality time outside. Nothing can beat the mood booster that being outdoors can provide. With the summer months here, sitting outside in a shaded area can prove a boon for the soul. It’s important that too much time in the heat is not had though.
  3. Exercise options. Just because his or her mobility may be limited, that doesn’t mean exercise stops being an option. Your loved one can enjoy chair exercises, chair yoga and even focus on balance through walker exercises.
  4. Bingo. It may seem stereotypical, but don’t count out the game of bingo! Not only is it a fun outing, but it’s also a way for your loved one to get some socialization in.
  5. Embracing the creative side. It is known that depression and anxiety can be minimized by participating in creative activities like painting, drawing, crafts and sculpting. Fun, creative and engaging—you can’t go wrong there!

There is no reason that mobility issues should hinder your loved one from enjoying life to the fullest.

Know that Executive Care of Northern Virginia is always ready to step in and help make sure your loved one is leading the life he or she wants and deserves, right in the comfort of home. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our in-home care services.

There’s nothing better than enjoying some quality outdoors time during the summer, no matter your age.

While there are plenty of benefits to spending time outdoors for seniors, it’s vital to take precautions so the heat does not turn dangerous for your aging loved one.

There can be changes in physiology that result in seniors being more sensitive to the dangers of heat. Not only are they unable to adjust as well to sudden changes in temperature, but they often have chronic medical conditions that make it difficult to respond well to heat. Certain medications can also hinder the body’s capability to control temperature or sweat.

The Dangers of Heat

Heat-related illnesses, which fall under the umbrella term “hyperthermia,” can pose quite a serious and even deadly threat to older individuals. These illnesses can include:

  • Heat stroke
  • Heat edema
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat syncope
  • Heat cramps

There are other health-related factors that may increase the risk of hyperthermia, which is why it’s smart to know them beforehand. You never know, that information could prove to be a lifesaver. These health factors include:

  • Age-related changes like poor circulation and inefficient sweat glands
  • High blood pressure or other issues that call for salt-restricted diets
  • Being over- or underweight
  • Reduced sweating due to medication use

Making Sure Your Loved One Is Protected

It doesn’t have to be difficult protecting older adults from the heat this summer.

The main ways to protect older adults from the heat include making sure they are staying hydrated and cool.

It could be advisable for their water intake to increase during the summer months, and make sure they are not waiting until thirsty to drink. Take precautions, though, because if they have fluid limitations or are taking medications such as water pills, it is best to consult with a doctor regarding how much is acceptable to drink.

Other steps you can take include spending more time indoors during the hottest hours of the day, which are typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and not relying solely on a fan to cool the home.

Taking these steps can help ensure your loved one enjoys a happy, healthy and safe summer.

The in-home care services provided by Executive Care of Northern Virginia can work alongside you to ensure your loved one is leading a happy and healthy life throughout the summer and whole year! Contact us today to learn more about the help we can provide.

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