In the spirit of maintaining the Physical dimension of well being, we recommend chair yoga for your loved one! The benefits of being seated are that even non-flexible seniors can safely perform these exercises. Yoga overall has health benefits like stretching painful muscles, reducing stress, and improving circulation. Here is a link to a 30 minute gentle chair yoga for seniors that’s free to watch on Youtube. Feel free to do it with them! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4ST1j9PfrA
Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Your older adult’s safety and comfort are still the top priority. If they cannot do a movement, do not push them to do it lest they injure themselves. None of these movements should be painful. Remember that they can still have a great workout if they have limited range of motion.
- The chair for your older adult should allow their feet to touch the ground.
- Do it alongside your loved one so that they can watch your movements! You will also get the health benefits, even if the movements seem simple.