Exercising outdoors gives your aging adult access to fresh air and changing scenery, no matter what time of year it is. But there are specific safety concerns when your aging family member exercises outside.
These tips can help her to feel and to be safer.
Make Sure She Has ID with Her
Having identification with her is essential for your elderly family member when she’s exercising outdoors. While a photo ID such as a driver’s license is best, other forms of identification can work, too. Consider an ID bracelet or pendant that includes your contact information in case something should happen.
Having a Phone Is Important, Too
Many aging adults aren’t excited about cell phones, but they’re very handy when exercising outside. If your elderly family member really doesn’t want to carry her own cell phone, at least see if she’ll consider carrying an old flip phone that’s fully charged. Even if old cell phones aren’t connected to a calling plan, they can still dial 911 in an emergency.
Set up an Exercise Buddy
Never exercising alone is a wonderful way for your senior to stay safe while she’s exercising outside. Unfortunately, you might not always be able to be there with her. If your aging adult has friends with whom she can exercise, that’s a great idea. Another option is to hire home care services providers or to ask other family members if they can go with her.
Check that She’s Appropriately Dressed
There’s more to appropriate dressing for outdoor exercise than simply putting on sweatpants. Clothing with reflective patches is a great choice for low light outdoor exercise. Dressing in layers can help your senior avoid overheating.
Know the Plan
No matter what, it’s vital that you know what your senior’s plans are. If you’re aware of where your elderly family member was supposed to go and what she was doing, you have information that might be necessary if there’s trouble later. Regular routines are great, but make sure that you check in and make sure that those plans are still valid.
Keeping your aging adult safer when she’s exercising outdoors is really about sticking with common sense.