Exercise


Mom hates to move about, she has become very fond of just sitting. She still walks around the home and is mobile, but is becoming increasingly stooped. Getting up from her chair takes long moments of concentration to coordinate the right movements and exertions.

After an attempt to bring a physiotherapist to the home to engage her in exercise, I realised it wouldn’t work. The physiotherapist felt she was still alright, and encouraged us to get her more active throughout the day. Scheduling exercise with a professional might do more harm than good if we didn’t do anything in between sessions.

So here we are, trying to staunch the decline by exercising Mom 5 minutes at a time (*contrite expression*). I’m still figuring the best things to make her do, the most “value-for-money” movements – for example, half-squats seem to be particularly effective, and she is getting out of her chair a little quicker. Stretching upwards several times improves her posture within minutes.

Mom finds it funny and often giggles and laughs, which is good breathing and abdominal exercise, so I encourage it. She has lost the coordination to be able to “blow out a candle”. I shall practise that next.

7 thoughts on “Exercise”

  1. I got my mum to tap her feet, shrug her shoulders and flutter her eyelids yesterday as we listened to some of her favourites on my phone. She has never been fond of football so she was rather relieved I got her away from watching a focus on the beautiful game 0n the television that is always on in her Care Home!

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  2. Wow! Well done! My mom is getting to the point where she’d rather lie in bed or sit in her chair. She can still move about the house with her walker, but it takes a whole lot more effort. She’ll count “1, 2, 3, 4. 1,2,3,4…” as she wills one foot in front of the other. She is very stooped over as well, and becoming more so with the passage of time, often draping herself over her walker with one arm rather than putting her hands where they belong. Attempts to correct this posture are met with resistance and stubborn refusal. It’s a fight I’ve decided isn’t worth the emotional effort.

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