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Activities for the Mind, Body and Soul

Keeping an older adult's mind, body and social life active can prevent or even reverse frailty, and family caregivers assisting seniors are in a unique position to help them figure out what activities will work best. According to Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H., one of the nation's foremost authorities on mobility, balance disorders and falls in older adults, "A key is simple activities that seniors find pleasurable or enjoyable."

Warning Signs for Seniors

As a family caregiver, how can you tell if your loved one is in trouble? According to geriatrician and researcher Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H., seniors becoming weak or frail is usually the result of problems with various systems of the body.

Fears About Aging

Many of the fears that aging adults experience relate to the biggest challenge they say they face: staying active. According to a recent survey conducted for the Home Instead network, seniors worry about the future, beginning with the loss of their independence.*

Exercise Can Help Ward Off Frailty

In a women's study released in 2009, researchers at Columbia and Johns Hopkins Universities discovered the important role activity plays in the fight against frailty and shed new light on what causes the condition.

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Help With Aging Issues

For fifteen years, the Home Instead® franchise network has been devoted to providing seniors with the highest quality care in their own homes, and to arming families with the information they need to make the best decisions about caring for aging loved ones. The Get Mom Moving campaign is part of that effort, designed to help seniors stay mentally and physically active, as well as emotionally engaged.

Fear of Frailty - Research Shows Lack of Activity Threatens Seniors' Independence

Fear of frailty is of paramount concern not only for seniors, but adults ages 35 to 62 – many of whom are daughters – worried about the health and safety of their older loved ones. That's according to results of a recent survey of seniors and adult children that reveals staying physically active is a major challenge for older adults.

Additional Resources

The internet is often a good place to begin looking for help with senior care issues. Here are a few resources you may find useful.

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  • While staying physically active may be a challenge for seniors, getting Mom (and Dad) moving can help prevent and even reverse signs of frailty, and help increase their independence.

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