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5 Simple Exercises for Older Adults with Parkinson’s

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease doesn’t mean seniors should stop exercising. Older adults need to stay physically active to alleviate some of the symptoms. Exercising is a great way to keep seniors moving and actively engaged. Here are some simple exercises that are beneficial for ageing adults with Parkinson’s disease.

1. Dancing

Seniors with Parkinson’s often experience stiffness and tremors, but doing various dance techniques can enhance their gait and motor control. Your loved one can start with simple dance routines, including couples dancing. The more your loved one dances, the better his or her flexibility will be.

You can hire a professional care worker if your loved one needs help exercising. When considering in-home care, North Coast, NSW, families should make sure their senior loved ones have the resources they need to maintain their independence and remain healthy. Trusted in-home care professionals can assist seniors with daily tasks like cooking, bathing, and exercise, and they can also encourage them to focus on healthier lifestyle habits. 

2. Hand Wrist Exercises

As Parkinson’s disease progresses, your loved one’s handwriting may change. However, there are exercises that can be done to help him or her adapt. One exercise to try is the wall push. Your loved one will simply need to place his or her hands flat against a wall, then pull the hands near the chest, making a fist. Do not push your loved one too hard. A few reps of wall pushes are all he or she needs to do. In addition to enhancing handwriting, hand wrist exercises can help your loved one with other fine motor skills such as dressing.

3. Water Aerobics

Being in the water is good for the joints, compared to exercising on hard floors and other flat surfaces. Some of the simple water exercises seniors can do include walking from one end of the pool to another, stretching, and taking laps around the pool. Doing water aerobics encourages a range of movements that increase posture and flexibility. Regular water workouts may also ease the fear of falling.

Doing water aerobics is just one of the many ways older adults can boost their health. A care worker can help your elderly loved one manage his or her health in a variety of ways. If your loved one needs encouragement to exercise more often, eat healthier foods, or socialise on a regular basis, an in-home care worker from Home Care Assistance North Coast can address these and many other health-related concerns. 

4. Vocal Exercises

It is quite common for a senior’s voice to become soft, hoarse, and breathy due to Parkinson’s disease. Doing vocal exercises on a regular basis can help ageing adults with mumbled and slurred speech. Your loved one should repeat various sounds in different pitches, such as “ah” and “eh.” Singing and doing vocal exercises enhances voice quality and volume for seniors with Parkinson’s.

5. Walking

Brisk walks through the neighbourhood can alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s. Seniors living with this disease have a higher risk of slipping and falling, but walking can increase their balance. Walking is simple, and it can be done almost anywhere. In addition to lowering your loved one’s blood pressure and cholesterol levels, walking can boost his or her mood and reduce the risk of depression.

Seniors living with serious health conditions often need extensive assistance in and outside the home. Home Care Assistance is a trusted provider of 24-hour care. North Coast Home Care Assistance provides care workers who are expertly trained to assist seniors with bathing, grooming, light housekeeping, and various other daily tasks, and we also offer specialised Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your ageing loved one, give us a call at (02) 6646 3527 today.