A simple fall for your senior adult is not really all that simple. It can lead to all sorts of health ramifications and some falls are so severe that aging adults don’t recover fully. To help your elderly family member avoid this situation, you might want to consider yoga. Before trying it, make sure that you talk with her doctor to ensure that yoga is safe for her to try.
It’s about Balance
Yoga isn’t about going faster or getting to the handstand poses immediately. It’s about gently stretching and improving your senior’s balance gradually. There is no rush for your aging adult to get to the next level. She can take everything at her own pace. The better your senior’s balance is, the less likely she is going to be to have an unexpected fall.
Gentle Stretches Don’t Tax Her Muscles
Some exercises, such as swimming or riding a bicycle, can be a little taxing to your senior’s muscles. This can especially be true if your aging adult isn’t used to exercising much at all. Yoga is a type of exercise that is easy for anyone to start with and it doesn’t require any special movements, despite how it looks. Yoga involves your senior listening to what her body is telling her and taking care of it in that moment.
Yoga Poses Are Easy to Modify
Even though there are specific poses in yoga, they are extremely easy to modify. In fact, instructors often encourage their students to modify poses so that they’re easier for their bodies to accept. As your senior becomes more used to the poses, she may find that she’s able to come closer and closer to the original pose.
More and More Seniors Are Trying Yoga
Yoga is increasingly popular among older adults because it is so beneficial for balance and stretching. There are likely to be courses specifically for older adults near your senior, so she also doesn’t have to worry about feeling out of place in a yoga class.
If your senior prefers to do yoga at home, there are plenty of options available. Especially in the beginning, you may want to be there or have elder care providers with her when she’s exercising, just to be on the safe side.
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Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.
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