Exercise can be incredibly helpful for a senior with COPD. It strengthens her lungs, her heart, and her major muscle systems. Exercise can also help her to improve her ability to deal with shortness of breath, which is so common for people with COPD.
What Does Her Doctor Have to Say?
The very first step is to talk to your senior’s doctor about what’s happening. Your senior’s COPD may be advanced, but that doesn’t mean that her doctor is planning to rule out exercise. See what her doctor’s feelings are on the subject and get an idea what sorts of exercises might be a good fit. If her doctor doesn’t agree that exercise is right for her currently, that’s something that she needs to think about carefully.
What Does Your Senior Want?
Ultimately, what does your elderly family member want in this situation, too? If her goals are to improve her stamina and to help her body to use oxygen more effectively, then exercise will likely be a huge help for her. But if she doesn’t have those goals or she doesn’t feel comfortable exercising, even after it’s cleared by her doctor, then you might have a difficult time helping her to stay motivated.
Put Together a Plan Based on Needs and Wants
After you’ve gotten a feel for what your senior both needs and wants out of an exercise routine, you can start to put together a plan. A plan sounds like a bigger deal than it is. What a plan allows your senior to do is to ease into exercise in a way that she can continue. Very few people can launch into exercise immediately at their goal rate. Especially with COPD, your senior needs to work up to her goals and that means planning.
Remember That Rest Is Crucial
Rest is when your senior’s body recovers from all the havoc that life and even exercise takes on her body. Even if your elderly family member is enjoying the exercise routine that you develop together, she doesn’t need to overdo it. If at any point she’s having difficulty breathing or she’s experiencing pain in her chest, she needs to stop exercising. Talk to her doctor about what signs indicate that she’s facing an emergency.
Sometimes aging adults with COPD are nervous about doing activities like exercise alone. That’s when having home care providers available can be a huge help for your senior. She can safely exercise knowing that there’s someone there who could help if necessary.
Excerpt: Exercise and COPD go together better than you or your senior might expect.
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