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Beneficial Exercises for Seniors with Parkinson’s

By Debbie Waddell, 9:00 am on

The most effective exercises for seniors with Parkinson’s may depend on age, the symptoms experienced, and the state of their overall health. While exercise may not stop the progression of Parkinson’s, it can promote balance and help keep joints from stiffening, creating greater comfort for your senior loved one. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Placer county senior home care, has put together this list of beneficial exercises for seniors with Parkinson’s.

Walking

Walking is a low-impact exercise that can increase endurance and mobility, and even a daily twenty-minute walk can have a great impact on your loved one’s health. Being unable to walk is the leading cause of disability in seniors with Parkinson’s, making regular walks essential for maintaining mobility.

Swimming

Moving through water can be relaxing and its buoyancy helps eliminate balance challenges. Swimming is alsoeasy on the joints, making it a good exercise if your loved one experiences the joint stiffness that can accompany Parkinson’s.

Yoga

Yoga is a non-stressful exercise your loved one may want to try if Parkinson’s has affected his or her flexibility, as it concentrates on toning and maintaining muscle flexibility.

Gardening                              

Gardening can be a fun option for seniors who like to combine a hobby with exercise. Working around a garden uses different muscles and can improve dexterity by gripping various gardening tools or kneeling to plant vegetables.

Exercise is one of the best ways for seniors with Parkinson’s to maintain mobility and improve coordination and muscle control. For some seniors, however, mobility challenges caused by Parkinson’s make exercising regularly difficult or dangerous if they experience freezing episodes. Provide your loved one with the assistance he or she needs with help from Home Care Assistance, a leading provider ofParkinson’s care in Placer County.Our caregivers can help with physical therapy exercises, and provide mobility assistance and fall prevention. With Home Care Assistance, there are no long-term contracts, and all of our care servicescome with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call 916.226.3737 today to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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