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Encouraging a More Active Home Care Experience for a Senior with Arthritis

Home Care Fort Myers FL

Home Care Fort Myers FL

Arthritis can be a very difficult challenge for your aging parent to overcome, but just because they are dealing with the pain and stiffness of this condition does not mean that they are not able to live a lifestyle that is active, engaged, and fulfilling. In fact, one of the greatest myths of living with arthritis is that you have to remain inactive because the pain is telling you that something is wrong and you should not be moving. This is absolutely not the case. The truth is that staying active is extremely beneficial to the body, particularly for those who are dealing with arthritis. Keeping their body moving will help your parent to stay flexible and support better range of motion, control their body weight or help them to lose a few pounds, which can be helpful in managing the symptoms, and will give them better mental and emotional health, which improves their ability to manage and deal with pain.

Encouraging your parent to be more active does not mean that they need to suddenly become long distance runners or start spending time in the gym every day. Instead, it is about finding opportunities in their usual routine to add more activity and feel healthier.

Some of the ways that you can encourage a more active lifestyle for your aging parent with arthritis include:

  • Talk to their doctor. Bring your aging parent along and have a talk with their doctor about the situation. Just hearing from their doctor that they are not only able to be more active but that it will benefit them and make their experience with arthritis easier can help your aging parent feel more motivated. The doctor can also offer recommendations for activities that they should try that are safe and effective for them.
  • Do it with them. Set aside time regularly to get active with your parent. Go on walks together. Visit the neighborhood pool and splash around or swim a few leisurely laps. Participate in a fun aerobics class that is tailored to different levels of activity and fitness. Doing it together not only helps to make both of you stronger and healthier, but it also motivates both of you and provides accountability.
  • Give them challenges. Appeal to your parent’s natural sense of competitiveness and give them challenges. Challenge them to walk out to the mailbox or to take a walk around the block. See how many times they can do a bicep curl with a one-pound weight or a can of food. Give them a number of steps to climb and see how many they can do in a day. Choose tasks that are accessible for your parent but that will also provide a bit of a physical push so that they can experience the benefits of challenging their body.

A home care provider can make a tremendous difference when it comes to your parent’s activity level during their experience with arthritis. This in home health care services provider can plan activities, engage in them with your parent, and offer emotional support and encouragement that are valuable for keeping your parent motivated and constantly working toward their goals.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care in Fort Myers FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033 . Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.