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Seated Chair Exercises

As you gather during the holidays or when visiting elderly loved ones any time of year, keeping active is key to ensuring continued mobility and flexibility.

We have researched 5 exercises that could help you, a loved one, or a person in your care. These are low-impact seated chair exercises, however, always consult your doctor before adding any range of motion or exercise activities to your routine.

Overhead Bend & Reach

  1. Gently raise both arms above your head.
  2. Lower your right arm and lean to the right. Feel the stretch in your left side.
  3. Hold for at least 15 seconds.
  4. Return to your original position with your arms over you head.
  5. Drop your left arm and lean to the left.
  6. Repeat 2 to 4 times on each side.

Shoulder Blade Squeeze

  1. Lift your arms near the level of your shoulders with your elbows. pointed straight out to the side.
  2. Bring your elbows back while you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Don’t left or shrug your shoulders as you are squeezing.
  3. Hold for 6 seconds.
  4. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Knee Extension

  1. Straighten and lift one leg, and hold while you slowly count to 5. Be sure you don’t lock your knee.
  2. Slowly lower your leg back down.
  3. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
  4. Do the exercise with the other leg.

Neck Rotation

  1. Keeping your chin level, turn nyour head to the left, and hold for at least 15 seconds.
  2. Turn your head to the right and hold for at least 15 seconds.
  3. Repeat 2 to 4 times for each side.

Marching in Place

  1. Sit with your feet slightly apart, and keep your hands at the edge of your chair or on the armrests.
  2. March in place, lifting your knees, one at a time, high towards the ceiling. Remember to breathe normally.
  3. Keep marcching in a smooth rhythm for 1 minute. Work up to marching 5 minutes or longer.

Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998. We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.

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Loneliness in Seniors During the Holidays

For many of us, this is a season of joyful celebration, the gathering of friends and family, and the sharing of traditional meals, desserts and stories. But for some, especially over the past year, it can be a time of sadness remembering those whom we’ve lost and those who are unable to visit.
 
For the elderly, especially those in long-term care facilities, the holidays can place a tremendous amount of anxiety, sadness, confusion, and loneliness. Many families may continue to struggle in visiting their loved ones in care facilities, nursing homes, and even private homes due to COVID restrictions. This makes the holiday season especially challenging.
 
Remind your loved ones that although you may not be able to come together as you once did, you are still thinking about them. Share your photos, stories, and festive feasts through phone calls and video chats. Send them Christmas cards, treats, and photos in the mail. Check with your loved one’s facility director to see if window visits can be arranged or even limited visits with immediate family members are possible.
 
Here are a few ways to help reduce your senior loved one with feelings of loneliness during the holidays:
  1. Keep the line of communication open with your senior loved ones. Actively and honestly listen to their stories and their thoughts.
  2. Check with your loved one’s religious organization to see if they can offer social and/or spiritual support.
  3. Share cheerful cards, photographs and drawings from friends and family to encourage positivity and lighten their thoughts on missing loved ones.
  4. Remind them how important they are to your life and the lives of your family. Show them they are loved.
  5. Decorate their room in a festive way and add their favourite homemade treat.
Feelings of loneliness may not manifest themselves the same way with every person. Some may exhibit negative and challenging behaviours as they cannot express themselves verbally, others may share stories of loved ones who have passed and express how much they are missed, and some just may want you to listen as they share their memories while holding your hand. However they express themselves, continue to remind them that they are loved, remembered and appreciated…just as you are to them.

 


Ideal Caregivers 4u is there when you cannot be.  Remember us during the holidays as we can provide services ranging from Companionship and Meal Assistance to 24-hr Care.
Servicing the Ottawa Community since 1998.
We are now accepting clients in Smith Falls, Kemptville, Prescott, Brockville, through to Kingston, Ontario.