As you’ve gotten older, you’ve probably noticed some changes in your mobility. Perhaps you walk a little slower. Or you find it harder to properly bend down to pick things up. And maybe you’ve even noticed every day activities like walking up stairs or getting in and out of the car have become more difficult.
For many seniors, chronic conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis can greatly impact mobility. And others are quick to blame a decrease in mobility as a natural part of the aging process. However, it doesn’t have to be.
Senior Mobility Tips to Help Maintain Your Independence
Maintaining mobility as you age can help decrease your risk of falls, hospitalization and allow you to live more independently, longer. Here are five simple ways seniors can boost their mobility:
- Don’t be too proud for mobility aids. Many seniors are hesitant to use mobility aids such as railings, safety bars, canes and walkers. However, if you need them, use them! Being resistant to a little assistance could lead to falls or cause you to become more sedentary over time.
- Eat a well-balanced diet. The better you eat, the better you generally feel. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and calcium helps keep your bones and joints healthy and strong. It can also help you keep chronic conditions in check, such as diabetes or hypertension, which could make seniors more likely to lead a sedentary lifestyle.
- Make getting a goodnight’s rest a priority. Healthy sleep is key to healthy aging. Aim for at least 8 hours of rest each night. This can help ensure you have the energy you need to stay active during the day.
- Focus exercises on those that build strength & balance. Muscle mass and bone density naturally decrease as you age, making you more prone to falls or injury. That’s why it’s so important to regularly incorporate strength and balance exercises into your daily routine. Water aerobics, yoga, weights and walking are all simple types of exercises that can help seniors maintain muscle mass and build balance.
- Start slow and stay active. If you’ve noticed a decrease in your mobility, be sure to start slow, but find ways to stay more active each day. Whether that’s taking a walk around the block, partaking in active hobbies such as cooking or gardening, or doing simple chores and projects around the house, be sure to keep it moving.
Even if you’ve already noticed a decline in your mobility over the years, it’s never too late to try to maintain the mobility you have or work to gain some of it back. Be sure to consult your doctor about any mobility issues you’ve noticed that are affecting your daily life. He or she may offer additional tips to help you gain some mobility back or may even recommend physical therapy to help.
Keeping Seniors Moving at Western Home Communities
Today’s seniors want to stay active and independent as they age. That’s why at Western Home Communities we offer an array of living options, amenities and programs designed to meet the unique needs and wants of today’s seniors. Enjoy easy, worry-free independent livingthat leaves more time for enjoying life and discovering new interests. Contact Western Home Communities today to learn more.