Senior Lifting Weights

Simple Exercises Seniors Can Do at Home

Is your gym membership still on pause during the pandemic? If so, it’s not a problem anymore! For seniors who are looking for fitness alternatives, you can get active right in your home. Read on below for some of our favorite at-home exercises perfect for seniors!

Stretch It Out

Regardless of if you’re stretching before or after your workout, it’s essential. Stretching helps your muscles to brace for the impact of your workout by getting them limbered up. If you’re looking for more serious stretching to improve your balance, coordination, and strength, you can dive into the world of yoga!

Lifting Light Weights

All you need is a pair of 2-3 pound dumbbells. If that isn’t an option, find objects around your home that weigh the same amount! Using light weights is great for a good arm workout. Low weights and high repetitions will help you tone your muscles right up.

Cardio and Aerobics

When it comes to cardio, you probably go right to walking or running. But you can change things up and have fun by doing something different like dancing and jumping rope, too! All of these activities are great aerobics and help you get your heart rate climbing and work to build your stamina and endurance.

Calisthenics and Props

Sometimes you don’t need anything else besides your body to do a few exercises. Body workouts are known as calisthenics! Squats and push-ups are great examples. Still, these aren’t always easy, so getting some assistance from a prop can be helpful.

Sometimes all you need for a good exercise is just your body! Calisthenics are body weight exercises, like squats and push-ups. While you don’t need any props or objects for these, they can be helpful if you need extra support or assistance. For example, a chair is great for squats. Stand in front of the chair, bend your knees, and lower yourself onto it. Then stand back up. Repeat the motion. You can use any wall to help with push-ups. Stand a few feet away and place your hands flat on the wall. Lower yourself towards the wall, and then push away from it again to complete the movement.

Are you in need of even more simple ways to get your workout in at home? We’re here to help! Call Home Care Assistance of Carmel for all of your senior care needs. Our friendly Care Managers are here to give advice and to help you schedule your consultation.

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Senior Lifestyle Factors That Improve Brain Health

Here is something that is equally as important as your physical health as we age: Your brain health! It’s easy to overlook the various lifestyle factors that play important roles in maintaining a healthy brain. However, as seniors, it should be a priority! Below, we’re talking through the top factors that can help your brain stay active and healthy as you grow older.

Get Good Sleep

First, let’s cover the basics. You need to get a good night’s sleep. Rest is critical to allow your brain to wake up refreshed the next day! For seniors, it’s recommended to try and get at least 8 hours of good, deep sleep each night.

Stay Active

When staying physically active, you’re also helping to keep your mind active. Getting daily exercise, even just going out for a walk, can help both your body and mind grow stronger. Activities like this rid feelings of depression or anxiety, while simultaneously releasing feel-good endorphins for your brain.

Journal

How about writing it out? Grab a journal and practice the art of writing out your daily feelings, thoughts, and annoyances. It can be extremely therapeutic to release these things through writing and gets rid of the stress of the day. Reduced stress = a happier brain!

Eat and Drink Healthy

As a senior, try to be intentional about what you are fueling your body with. You’ll want more good things like Vitamin C, so get your oranges, peppers, or vitamins! Drink plenty of water, too. Make sure you’re getting the proper daily intake, so you stay hydrated. Try lessening your caffeine intake for the day. You can do this by making the switch from coffee to tea.

Talk to Other People

Putting yourself out there to have conversations and connect with like-minded people often is great for your brain health! One good way to do this is to join a local club or organization to help yourself stay social and talking to others regularly.

There is always a friendly Care Manager here at Home Care Assistance of Carmel to help you. Please give us a call today if you’re looking for more advice on boosting senior brain health or would like more details about our senior care services!

In Home Care Tips: Creating a Safer Home for Your Aging Loved Ones

Your senior loved one is aging in the comfort of their own home surrounded by familiarity, and nothing is more important than making sure they are safe at all times! There are quite a few methods that you can use to create a safer environment for your senior – especially if they live alone. Below, we are sharing our best in-home care tips you can be sure your senior is safe and living their best life.

Observe & Update

Walkthrough the Home

Your first step is to pay close attention to details and make observations while you are completing a thorough walkthrough of your senior’s home. Move slowly and really take your time to note any potential hazards or risks. This can include making sure your senior has clear pathways in the home that are free from clutter or poorly arranged furniture and rugs.

Make Necessary Updates

Once you have completed your walk through and are ready to make the needed updates throughout the home, it is time to get to work! In addition to your own notes, you can also consider some of the most common upgrades: Installing handrails above the toilets and in the showers for stability; and switching out rugs or mats with ones that have anti-slip material to decrease fall hazards.

Take Extra Precautions

Stay Connected

Staying connected with your senior can be lifesaving! If your senior is home alone frequently or for long periods of time, be sure you are checking in with them often with phone call or video chats. Install a security camera in the home if you want to take extra safety measures for them.

Ask a Professional

Caregivers are an excellent option if you are looking for additional assistance to help keep your senior safe in their home. Brining in an experienced and trusted professional can give you the ultimate peace of mind! Plus, they can help with other household tasks, personal care assistance, and companionship.

Home Care Assistance of Carmel is here for you and your family every step of the way. For further guidance on creating a safer home for your senior, or to schedule a consultation, call one of our friendly Care Managers today!

Senior Walking in Colder Months

Tips for Seniors to Stay Active in the Winter

Here in Carmel, Indiana, winter is in full swing! A typical winter in the area includes cold temperatures, plenty of snowfall, and ice! Rather than viewing the season as a challenge to staying active, we’re going to help you embrace winter instead and look forward to new opportunities! Below, read through our favorite tips for seniors to stay active – even in the cold.

Stay Physically Active Whether You are Inside or Out!

Layer up with plenty of clothing and head outside anyway!

Who says that only warm weather can be enjoyed? Just because the temps are colder now doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoors! Bundle up for safety, add extra layers, make sure the sidewalks are clear and enjoy!

Go ahead and stay indoors. You can still get moving around your home!

If you’re a senior who just doesn’t prefer the cold, don’t worry! Stay inside instead and get active in your own home. Clear up a room and turn it into a home gym! Add workout equipment like a treadmill and weights to help with your physical activity. Or you can even do some cleaning around the house, like vacuuming, that is sure to make you sweat!

Being Active is Not Limited to Physical Activity.

Stay mentally sharp and play some games!

You don’t want to neglect your mental fitness this winter. Take care of your mind as well as body! Seniors can challenge their minds by playing board games, doing crossword puzzles, and working on other word games. These will help you stay sharp and stimulated!

Keep socially active!

Social activities and interaction are important factors, too. Whether virtually or in-person, by joining a club within the community, you can meet new people and build meaningful connections! Plus, if your new club or organization is fitness-focused, you get the added benefit of physical activity too!

We are always just a phone call away here at Home Care Assistance of Carmel. If you are looking for further guidance, reach out to our dedicated senior care team for more tips for seniors to stay active this winter. Give us a call or schedule a consultation today to learn more about our senior care services!

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Tips to Care for a Loved One with Parkinson’s Disease

If you have just recently learned that your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you are probably wondering: What comes next? This can be a new, scary chapter for your senior and family facing many unknowns. While this disease has no known cure, hope is never lost. Below, you can learn several actionable steps to take to provide your senior with the best care.

Learn, Learn, Learn

One thing to know is that you can never know enough. Start this process by educating yourself as much as possible about Parkinson’s Disease. Learn how it will begin to affect your senior and what will happen next. Now, share your new knowledge with your senior’s friends and family members.

Take Time and Practice Patience

Having patience with your senior is now more important than ever. Keep in mind that these new changes may be an especially frustrating time for your senior as well. As their body and mind changes, you will find that it may take them longer to perform once-simple tasks, such as eating a meal. Be patient and plan for any extra time they need.

Support Your Senior Loved One

Be sure to show your senior that they are not alone in facing this new chapter in their life. Exercises that focus on balance, strength, coordination, and flexibility will become increasingly important as Parkinson’s Disease affects their movements. Stay active with your senior and let them know you are by their side throughout this.

Know That You Have Resources

Much like your senior, you should also know that you do not have to go through this by yourself. Being a caregiver comes with its own unique set of challenges, and you’re going to need some time to yourself every now and then. Plan to take time away whenever you need to so you can recharge and come back to your senior feeling refreshed and prepared.

Caring for your senior loved one with Parkinson’s Disease comes with many emotions and new obstacles for the whole family. We want you to know you are not alone. Home Care Assistance of Carmel is here for you! Feel free to give one of our friendly Care Managers a call today and schedule your consultation.

Senior New Year

How to Help Your Senior Plan for the New Year

Most of us are thrilled to see 2020 on its way out and welcome a fresh start in the new year. 2021 is an excellent time to create new goals and get excited about healthier opportunities – especially for seniors! What better time to implement a better quality of life? All over the world, people set resolutions every new year. But the problem is following through with them. Read through our 5 tips below and learn how you can set your senior up for success!

Make Healthy Living Goals

Daily exercise, whether mild or moderate, is both safe and healthy for seniors! Regular physical activity can help prevent various health conditions and provide a host of other benefits. These include weight control, strengthening muscles and bones, and improving your senior’s mood and outlook.

Meet New People

One of your senior’s 2021 goals should be to increase their social interaction and meet new people, whether it is in-person or virtually. There are many ways to accomplish this, but one of the best is to help them find a way to volunteer and give back to their community. This allows them to interact with like-minded seniors, help them feel happier, and live a more purpose-driven life.

Challenge the Brain Regularly

One of the best ways to keep the mind active and stimulated is to learn something new! Did you know that seniors are the fastest-growing segment of computer users? It’s true and for good reason. Seniors keep their brains moving by learning to use technology and how to virtually communicate with others.

Get Plenty of Rest

Your senior needs to focus on getting a good night’s rest in the new year. If they are having trouble sleeping, now is the perfect time to evaluate the proper solutions to help them get better sleep and improve their health.

Be Conscious of Overall Health

A senior’s body and health changes often, so keeping up with these changes should be a priority. Have them schedule their annual wellness visit with their doctor to stay proactive about their well-being.

If you are ready to create a plan for 2021 with your senior loved one but would like some guidance, please give our caregivers a call here at Home Care Assistance Carmel and schedule your consultation.

Dementia Care

How to Talk to a Loved One with Dementia

It is not an easy thing to watch your senior loved one with dementia struggle to have a conversation or with their communication. Your senior, too, might even become frustrated with the task. Dementia, unfortunately, affects your senior’s ability to focus, think, understand, and respond while having a conversation. But there are ways you can better communicate with them by setting them up for success before a conversation even begins. Read through our tips below and get started!

Be Prepared

Your first step prior to conversation is to get yourself prepared. You want to make sure you are calm, cool, and collected. Having a positive attitude is important, and your actions should come across as sincere. Be patient with your senior and take the time with them that is needed.

Set the Environment

Another way you can set your senior up for successful conversation is to make the environment as calm as you are. Go ahead and remove any distractions from the space, including bright or bold colors and any background noise. Keep the area well-lit so your senior can focus on you a bit easier.

Speak Slowly and Clearly

Your own speech can be a big factor in how your senior perceives the conversation. Remember that they are already struggling to focus. When you speak, be clear, enunciate well, and speak slowly. You want to give your senior adequate time to process what you are saying before you move on. When referring to people and places, use specific names rather than pronouns. Lastly, instead of repeating a question if your senior is confused, try to rephrase it instead.

Be Aware of Your Non-Verbal Actions

Just as important as your physical speech is your body language and non-verbal actions. Giving a friendly smile or making eye contact are gestures that can be reassuring for your senior. They will feel more relaxed with you and may respond better to conversation.

Our caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Carmel want to be here to support you and your family because we know the challenges that come with caring for a senior loved one with dementia. Please feel free to give us a call at (317) 316-0804 and schedule your consultation if you would like to learn more about our dementia care services or how you can better communicate with your senior.

How to Recognize Mental Health Problems in the Elderly

Recognizing the signs of mental illnesses in those who are struggling with them is an essential part of watching out for your loved one in senior care. Sadly, mental illnesses all too often go unnoticed and are very easy to overlook. This is especially true when it comes to anxiety and depression, which seniors are much more prone to experiencing. While some signs of struggle are very apparent, many others are quite subtle and can be hard to recognize. Regardless, it is always a good idea to become familiar with the red flags to watch for so that you can identify if your senior is suffering from a mental health issue. Read through the items to look for so that you can get your senior treated quickly and help them get back to feeling better and normal.

Subtle Signs

Trouble with Sleeping. Catching the signs of poor sleep habits can be difficult because you are probably not watching your senior all night long. During the day, watch for how tired they are, which can be indicative of too much or too little sleep.

Loss of Appetite. Is your senior losing weight? Are they picking at their food or skipping meals altogether? These diet changes are often a sign of a mental health struggle.

More Withdrawn. If you notice your senior is becoming more withdrawn from previously enjoyed social activities, or if they aren’t communicating as often with family and friends, this could be a sign.

Overt Signs

Lack of Personal Hygiene. A telltale sign of a mental health struggle is if your senior is neglecting their personal hygiene. Watch out for major signs, like if your senior is not taking showers or brushing their teeth anymore.

Heavy Mood Swings. If your senior has a mental health issue, they likely won’t be sad all the time. Mood swings are more common and can result in high and low moods that change quickly and often.

Do you still need help determining if your senior needs help with their mental health? Don’t worry. Home Care Assistance of Carmel is here to help. Our caregivers are ready to help your senior loved one feel better and normal again. Reach out to and schedule your consultation.

How to Keep Seniors Safe During Severe Weather

During severe weather, which has been harsher and more frequent across the US over the last several years, seniors are a group that is particularly at risk. Hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes have been more rampant, and your senior should have a plan in place to get them to safety during an emergency. Below, you can read our tips for various natural disasters so you can move your senior to safety during the most severe weather.

Preparing for Hurricanes

Hurricanes can be especially intense along the southeast coast of the US, and seniors who live there should begin planning as soon as a hurricane is detected. They will first need to decide if they will evacuate or remain at home. If they evacuate, they will need safe transportation. If they stay, they will need supplies, like bottled water, non-perishable foods, medications and vitamins, and flashlights and batteries

Preparing for Wildfires

Seniors who reside in areas where wildfires occur often should be prepared at a moment’s notice. Wildfires do not give the luxury to come up with a plan. It is best to already have a plan that can be implemented immediately. You should know your senior’s community plans for evacuations and outline multiple evacuation routes from their home. If they have a pet, include them in these plans! Have a to-go bag filled with supplies like N95 respirator masks, essential documents, vitamins and medications, and food and water at all times.

Preparing for Tornadoes

Similarly, tornadoes do not allow any time for making decisions. A plan needs to be made and known ahead of time. First, help your senior decide if they should stay in their home or seek nearby shelter. If they are staying in their home, establish their safety room, like a basement or windowless interior room. Make sure they know how to identify a tornado by sight and sound in case they miss any warnings.

For more details about our senior care services or keeping your senior safe in bad weather, please reach out to our caregivers here at Home Care Assistance of Carmel. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation!

How To Help Seniors Lower Their Fall Risks

There is nothing too good for your senior loved one. We understand…and we agree! From excellent senior care services to professional and qualified caregivers – your senior should have it all. We also believe in making safety a top priority, especially when your senior is aging in the comfort of their own home. There are several effective steps you can take to prevent falls and injuries from happening. Take a look at our top 10 tips below and learn how you can help lower your senior’s fall risks.

  1. Know Their Risk Factors. Have your senior’s overall health assessed. A doctor can uncover any conditions such as vision impairment, arthritis, or memory loss may increase fall risk.
  2. Help Them Exercise. Get up and get moving! Encourage your senior to get regular exercise so they can build muscle strength and endurance.
  3. Check for Issues with Balance. Falls can happen to balance issues. A doctor can perform a balance test and check for any disorders with the vestibular system, which can cause imbalance.
  4. Get a Home Inspection. Who knew…? You can get a home inspection that specifically checks for fall hazards in the home! Have a professional come out and check your senior’s home.
  5. Review Their Medications. Certain medications when combined can have severe side effects. Have a doctor review your senior’s medication list to ensure they aren’t experiencing side effects that can lead to a fall.
  6. Get Their Vision Checked Regularly. Having your senior’s vision tested regularly helps to ensure both their eye health and that they can clearly see their surroundings.
  7. Give Them Proper Nutrition. The proper nutrients starts with a solid diet. Nutrients are key to increasing muscle and bone strength!
  8. Use Walking Aids. Walking aids, like canes and walkers, are very helpful when used properly and fitted correctly to your senior.
  9. Avoid Distracted Walking. Help your senior follow basic guidelines, like not walking while using a smartphone, so they can avoid distractions while on the move.
  10. Home Care Services. Take extra measures to make sure your senior is safe in their home by adding home care services to their routine.

Need further guidance on how to best keep your senior loved one safe? Home Care Assistance of Carmel and the surrounding cities is here for you 24/7! Call our expert caregivers today and schedule your consultation.