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Getting Your Parent Active on Yoga Day

Elder Care in Sun Lakes AZ

As a family caregiver it is your responsibility to not just meet your aging parent’s needs and ensure that they are safe and keep up with the guidelines and instructions given to them by their doctor. Instead, you should frame your care around helping your parent make good lifestyle decisions and take responsibility for protecting their health, strengthening their bodies, and living a high Elder-Care-in-Sun-Lakes-AZquality of life. One of the most important ways you can do this is by encouraging them to stay physically active. This supports a healthy weight, encourages good mental and emotional health, encourages flexibility and range of motion, and helps to ward off a wide variety of serious health complications and concerns.

December 14 is Yoga Day. This is an ideal opportunity for you to learn more about this ancient form of exercise and how it can benefit your elderly parent throughout their later years.

 

Some of the health benefits associated with yoga include:

  • Lowered and controlled blood pressure. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common health concern of aging adults that can contribute to a variety of very serious complications including stroke and cardiovascular disease. Practicing yoga has been shown to reduce blood pressure and help those already suffering from high blood pressure to control it more effectively. In fact, a study showed that participants who practiced yoga for 11 weeks, approximately 6 hours per week, experienced an average 33 point drop in their blood pressure.
  • Stronger bones. Fractures can be a serious problem for elderly adults, particularly women. Osteoporosis, fractured hips, and other injuries can lead to reduced mobility, reduced range of motion, and diminished quality of life, as well as increased risk of mortality. Yoga is a weight-bearing exercise, which means that it helps to strengthen the tissue of bones just like lifting weights can help to strengthen the tissue of muscles. This means that practicing yoga regularly helps to prevent low bone density, bone weakness, and fractures.
  • Ease stress. The calm, slow practice of yoga and the concentration and focus of practicing the poses can help your parent to ease stress. This gives them time to relieve their mind and think through any situations that they night be facing.
  • Flexibility and range of motion. Maintaining good flexibility and range of motion is important for supporting mobility as well as preventing potentially serious injuries. Yoga gently stretches, conditions, and strengthens the joints and surrounding muscles to promote flexibility, range of motion, and balance.

 

Starting elder care for your aging parent is an exceptional way to help them live a more active, engaged, and fulfilling quality of life. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent as frequently as is right for their needs and the care efforts that you already put forth for them, ensuring that they get the care, support, and assistance that they need to stay healthy, safe, and happy. When it comes to helping them get the physical activity that they need to keep their body healthy, strong, and resilient, and support good mental and emotional well-being, this care provider can help your parent find activities that they enjoy. They can then provide transportation to these activities or support them in keeping up with them. This can give your aging loved one motivation to keep going and to take responsibility for staying at their best as they age in place.

 

If you or an aging loved one are interested in hiring elder care in Sun Lakes, AZ or the surrounding areas, please contact the professional team at Devoted Guardians Home Care.  Call today at (800) 699-4781 or (480) 999-3012.

Source:  http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-11-2013/health-benefits-of-yoga.html

Aaron Sinykin, MBA, CEO

Born and raised in Madison Wisconsin. Graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Finance in 1999, and Graduated from Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business with an MBA in 2005.

Aaron spent 5 years working for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona right out of college until he ventured off on his own. Aaron has owned and operated successful small businesses for the past 10 years.

Aaron is currently the CEO and owner of Devoted Guardians a Non-Medical In Homecare Agency covering the entire Phoenix valley. Aaron has been CEO since 2012 and running businesses since 2005.