Walking for leisure became popular in the 18th century, due to the Romantic movement. Today, it is a popular recreational activity, and it is one of the best forms of exercise. As a provider of home care services in Texas, we can testify that this is also true for seniors. In fact, in one study, seniors walking at least a mile a day had significantly enhanced volume in some parts of their brains. The subjects have reduced their risk of dementia by 50%.
We at E-Z Access Home Care, a non-medical home care agency in Houston, Texas, recommend that our elderly clients also engage in leisurely walking. Because of our experience in the senior care business, we can give some tips if you have elderly loved ones who want to do leisurely walking. Here are some of them:
- Get a physician’s approval.
It is necessary to make sure that the patient is healthy enough to do a little walking.
- Plan the activity.
Check the place out and find out in advance where the park benches and water fountains are. Knowing where the exits are is also a good idea.
- Get the gear right.
The patient should wear comfortable sneakers or orthopedic shoes. If a cane or walker is necessary, it is alright to bring it.
Following the tips mentioned will surely make walks more fun and safer. Make sure to accompany your elderly loved ones when they do outdoor activities. If, by any chance, you have something to attend to, getting the companionship services of a respite care provider is the next best thing.