Half an hour of exercise each day is recommended for all adults. Walking is an excellent way for seniors to stay fit. If your mom is able to walk for 30 minutes, you should encourage her to do so. There are some things she should keep with her while she does.
In warm weather, make sure your mom carries water. Many seniors tend not to drink as much as they should. If your mom is walking in the sun and losing hydration through sweat, she runs a risk of becoming dehydrated.
She should have a small glass of water before she leaves the house. On hotter days, she should sip water regularly as she walks.
Your mom needs to stay visible. If she tends to walk in the cooler parts of the day, before the sun is up or after dinner, she should make sure she’s visible. In some seasons, it’s ideal for her to carry a flashlight, wear reflective clothing, or wear a headlamp.
In dim lighting, she needs drivers to be able to see her. With the headlamp/flashlight and reflective clothing, she’s easier to see. Drivers have time to see her, slow down, and move over.
Carry a Phone
In case of an emergency, your mom should have a phone on her. If she falls and hurts herself, she’ll be able to call you or paramedics. If she walks too far and tires out on her way back, she can call a friend to pick her up and drive her the rest of the way.
Place an ID in a Pocket
Make sure your mom walks with identification in a pocket or in a neck wallet. If she has a medical condition or allergy to medications, she should have that paperwork on her, too. If something happens, police and emergency personnel will quickly find out who she is and how best to treat her.
Bring a Friend
While she won’t technically carry this, it is advisable that your mom walks with someone else. Is there a neighborhood mom out walking a baby who would welcome your mom’s company? Does your mom have a friend or family member nearby to join her? Caregivers are also a good companion for daily walks.
Caregivers offer companionship, help with light housework, meal preparation, medication reminders, and more. Your mom will never have to walk by herself with a caregiver stopping by each day.
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