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When a Senior Parent Won’t Exercise

By Beth Brown, 8:00 am on

As our parents age, they usually require more assistance. Unfortunately, our parents may balk at our attempt to provide them the assistance they need. This is especially the case when it comes to helping them see the need to engage in a regular exercise routine. To help adult children motivate, encourage, and help their aging parents take steps to live a healthier and more active life, check out these tips from Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care in Palm Beach.

Express Your Concern

It is less likely for aging parents to react positively if fitness encouragement is given in a negative way that criticizes their current physical state or that blames them for how they got there. It is an important that parents understand that your concern for them is because you love them and you want them to have a high quality of life for many years to come.

Provide Support and Assistance

Next, give your aging parents the tools they need to exercise successfully. Introduce them to individuals in the same age group who enjoy living an active and healthy life. There are a lot of technological devices out there that have allowed seniors to stay active. If your parents need more hands-on help, a professional hourly caregiver in Palm Beach can provide in-home assistance or accompaniment to a gym, fitness center, or senior center.

Partner Up

It is also important to work as a team. All of us could take some steps to improve our fitness level and the amount of time we spend exercising. Why not work with your parents as a team to create a joint fitness plan? For older adults, creating a fitness plan after years of doing no exercise at all can seem like an intimidating and daunting task. They may be more inclined to begin and stick to a fitness routine if they see that you are willing to do it with them.

Maintain a Positive Attitude

Provide your parents with positive reinforcement and set milestones. Support their efforts, no matter how great or how slow. Positive reinforcement, as long as it does not come across like you are nagging them, will encourage them to maintain their exercise routine. Set small goals with your parents and celebrate with them as they reach these goals.

Have other questions about senior fitness or looking for a caregiver to help a senior loved one maintain healthy habits? Call 561.429.8292 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of Palm Beach County.