It’s not uncommon for people to think they are too old to start exercising. They may believe they have nothing to gain from getting active at a late age. But, the truth is, no matter how old a person is, it’s never too late to begin exercising.
Research on Exercising in the Golden Years.
Two recent studies show that when older adults begin exercising in their 60s, 70s, or even later, they can still gain some important health benefits. The first study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, indicated that the small act of just moving a little more can improve overall health. The study suggests that people in their 60s who increase the amount of time they spend doing things like gardening or household tasks and decrease the amount of time they spend sitting have less risk of heart disease.
The second study took place over a 20-week period and involved people who were between the ages of 65 and 79. The participants were relatively healthy before the study, but they lead sedentary lives. During the study, they walked on treadmills on four days of the week, working their way up to 30-minute sessions. Over the course of the study, the people involved said that they were less fatigued as they went about their lives and they had fewer disabilities.
Tips for Older Adults Starting to Exercise.
When it comes to exercise, every little bit of physical activity counts. Just getting your aging relative to move more is a good start. Some things that can help improve the chances they will continue to exercise are:
- Keep it Fun: Look for forms of exercise that the older adult finds enjoyable. They could go swimming, take the dog for a walk, or spend time digging in the garden. They could even dance around the living room.
- Involve Others: For some, exercise is much more fun when done with a friend. Having someone to talk to during a walk can make it feel less like work. If your aging relative could use more friends (and who couldn’t?), look for a group fitness class for older adults where they can work out in a fun environment with people their age.
- Make it Habit: Forming a habit requires repeating the activity over time. Encourage your aging relative to exercise regularly and at about the same time each day. After a while, it will just become routine.
Another way to help your older family member to increase their physical activity is by involving elder care. Elder care providers can go for walks with the senior or drive them to exercise classes. Elder care providers can also ensure the older adult remains safe while they exercise, offering them an arm to hold while walking or just supervising at-home exercise.
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She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.
Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.
Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.
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