5 Ways to Help an Elderly Relative Get More Active

By on August 20, 2019

It’s inevitable that as people get older, they tend to slow down a little. Energy levels are low, joints hurt, and some movements are just a lot more difficult then they used to be. However, keeping fit, healthy and more active as you get older is really important for both physical and mental well-being. So, having an elderly relative that isn’t as mobile as they once were can be a little concerning.

Helping them to stay active and move more will not only make them feel better physically, but it also gives them a sense of independence – something which a lot of the older generation wish they had more of. The risk of heart disease, depression, stroke, and diabetes are considerably lowered when the elderly move more.

So, here you’ll find 5 ways to help an elderly relative get more active. Have fun!

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Keeping them sociable

Isolation can be a killer. It leads to depression and then other health issues can follow. Find out what social events there are in your area that are aimed at the elderly and sign your relative up. Look out for handicap parking signs when you park up so your relative can get in and out of the car with ease. Social events for the elderly are all about keeping minds and bodies active, so they’ll put out games, afternoon teas, and even talks and library visits. They’ll love it!


Daily walking is a low impact exercise that requires minimal effort and you can incorporate a pleasant view, a nice conversation and a chance to get some fresh air. It doesn’t have to be a full-throttle walk around the park three times, just a brisk stroll to the store to pick up a newspaper or heading to a social event should be enough to get the heart pumping and those joints moving. Exercise makes us feel good, whether it’s hitting the gym hard or just enjoying a walk around the neighborhood. Your relative will certainly enjoy the benefits too.

Get in the water

Another low impact activity that’s also loads of fun and a great way to meet new people. Water aerobics is hugely popular and it’s the perfect way to keep active if your relative struggles with their joints or mobility. They’ll notice a drop in their stress levels and their blood pressure too.

Seated exercises

When mobility is a real issue, don’t worry. Seated exercises will still get your relative’s heart pumping and their muscles working. Raising their legs a certain number of times or lifting some light hand weights whilst seated are simple yet effective exercises. Even just mild movements are enough to lift their mood and make them feel good both mentally and physically. 

A dance session

What could be better than hearing the music that you grew up with and dancing to it on the dance floor? A dance class is a perfect way to get some cardiovascular exercise and reminisce about the good old days. Keeping the body and mind engaged has never been so much fun!


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5 Ways to Help an Elderly Relative Get More Active