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Promoting Arm Strength in the Elderly with 5 Fun Exercises

As they age, many seniors often lose strength in their arms. However, there are measures they can take prevent this. Columbus elderly care experts suggest 5 fun activities seniors can do to help build their arm strength. 

1. Flexes and Rotations

Ask your loved one to make a fist 10 times. Have him or her rotate the wrist forward in 10 small circles. Get your loved one to move the arms further apart while making the circles. See how far he or she can spread his or her arms without stopping. Finish by having him or her rotate the shoulders in small circles.

2. Swim in the Air

When it is too cold to go swimming outside, your loved one can always enjoy swimming in the air. Have your loved one cup his or her hands with the right hand out in front and the left hand at the shoulder. Next, ask your loved one to change hands as if he or she were doing the front crawl.

3. Reach for the Stars

For this exercise, your loved one can sit on the edge of a chair. Encourage him or her to reach straight above the head with his or her left hand while pretending to grasp a star. He or she should “pull” the star down and then reach out with the other hand. To make this activity more fun, ask your loved one to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

4. Flapping

Ask your loved one to sit with the elbows by the sides, then place the palms together in front at chest height. Encourage your loved one to see how quickly he or she can bend and unbend the elbows.

5. Seated Jumping Jacks

Get your loved one to stick both hands straight up in the air, then have him or her bring the hands together above the head as if doing a jumping jack. See how many your loved one can do in 30 seconds. 

For more arm strengthening exercises that can be done without any special equipment, get in touch with Home Care Assistance. All these exercises can benefit your loved one and help keep him or her remain fit and active for longer. If your loved one needs support to follow a daily exercise program, we can provide a live-in or an hourly caregiver. Columbus, OH, families can also benefit from our specialized Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia care. Call (614) 481-8888 to learn more about our flexible care plans.