As an adult child you have seen your senior parents, in their younger years, as active adults, participating in vigorous outdoor activities. But as they have aged, they have become much less active and the excuse used is that they are now too old to participate in what once was their favorite pastime. Convince them otherwise!
A recent lifestyle-interest survey (conducted by Del Webb Communities for Pulte Homes) showed that in the 55+ age group, participating in recreational activities – even physically demanding ones like river rafting and hiking – have become the favorite pastimes. At the top of this list, for this age group, were health and fitness activities that that also included weight training and cardio workouts. Breakout of information showed extremely important activities as: Walking (82%), Cardio Equipment Workouts (79%), swimming (55%), golf (49%), bowling (34%), fishing (30%), canoeing/kayaking (26%). Hiking, climbing, rappelling, and river rafting showed a popularity increase. 1
Training for an over 55 triathlon may not be on the agenda, but knowing that other seniors are still participating in their favorite activities may propel them into taking part in these activities once again. Finding a friend or family member to enjoy the activities with can also be helpful. If a senior is hesitant, a doctor’s visit, confirming the senior’s fitness and participation in increased activity levels may be the reassurance needed.
Another option is to hire a CAREGiver. We take pride in the fact we make the best match possible with our clients and CAREGivers because every effort is made to determine compatibility with activities, hobbies and interests. Our CAREGivers are bonded, insured, thoroughly screened and specially trained to keep seniors engaged and active in what they enjoy. At Home Instead Senior Care, we believe that companionship and good health, both physically and mentally, are vital to a senior’s well being.
1. Online at http://phx.corporate-ir.net/ .