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How Running Can Be Made Safer for the Elderly

Many older adults enjoy running, and there is nothing like a good run to get blood and oxygen pumping through the body. However, common age-related health issues can pose a few risks for elderly runners, which may require implementing a few safety tips. Waterloo in-home care experts have a few suggestions to help keep your senior loved one safe when running.

Seek a Doctor’s Approval

The cardiovascular benefits of running can alleviate many health problems, but certain underlying conditions like chronic respiratory diseases could be exacerbated if your loved one attempts to run too much. Seniors who are new to running should start with a complete physical and get a doctor’s approval. Staying on top of regular checkups can ensure your loved one is fit to continue running safely.

Run in Numbers

A solitary jog may be relaxing, but seniors should remember a run could also be more dangerous when alone. Sprained ankles, breathing difficulties, and dehydration are all possible problems that could arise. By running with a friend or at community events, your loved one can be certain a helping hand is available if needed.

Focus on Balance

Whether your loved one runs on pavement or a dirt trail, it is important to be able to avoid potential trip hazards. For this reason, your loved one should include balance exercises in his or her workout routine. Practicing yoga poses can increase balance, and core-strengthening exercises can help build the muscles your loved one needs to prevent a fall.

Go to an Indoor Running Track

Outdoor running is a great way to enjoy nature, but extreme temperatures and unfamiliar terrain can cause serious harm to seniors. An indoor track at a community center or gym can provide a safe temperature and a flat surface free from hazards for your loved one. As an added bonus, the predictable environment means your loved one never has to skip a run due to inclement weather.

Running and other exercises can be safer for your loved one to perform with the help of a professional caregiver. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are expertly trained to assist seniors with exercise and mobility, and they can also help with a wide variety of other important tasks, including cooking, transportation, and light housekeeping. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Waterloo seniors can rely on. For more information on our elderly care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (519) 954-2111 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.