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Water Safety Tips for Seniors Heading to the Local ‘Y’

Senior Home Safety in Houston TX

Senior Home SafetyThe YMCA has been an institution in the United States for more than 100 years. It has provided room and board, fitness, swimming instructions, and much more for people of all ages, including children and seniors. For seniors who may want to improve their safety and stamina and strength at home, they may want to consider heading to a local Y for some water aerobics or other swim related activities.

Why water aerobics are such a great idea for seniors.

Water related activities, such as water aerobics or simply treading water or swimming laps is considered a low impact activity that doesn’t place a great deal of pressure on the joints. This is great for those who may be dealing with arthritis or have other related physical conditions that make it difficult for them to jog, go for a walk, or perform other basic activities.

In order to stay safe in the water, whether it’s at a private pool, community pool, or a YMCA, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Water Safety Tip #1: Always swim with other people.

It’s important to never swim alone. If a person has some type of medical emergency or other issue, including a cramp, it may cause them to submerge underwater where they could drown. Seniors should always make sure they swim with at least one other individual.

Water Safety Tip #2: Stay properly hydrated.

Just because a person is swimming doesn’t mean they’re not perspiring. The body doesn’t take in moisture through the skin; it only expels moisture that way.

The senior should make sure he or she stays properly hydrated at all times.

Water Safety Tip #3: Limit strenuous activity at first.

It can feel invigorating to get exercise, but the senior should always consult his or her doctor first to make sure they’re safe for physical activity like water aerobics or other swimming related exercise.

June is National Safety Month and relying on some of these tips can prevent accidents, mishaps, or other emergency type situations that can quickly arise in any pool or other water source.

If an elderly loved one is considering getting involved in swimming related activities or water aerobics because they like the idea of getting some regular exercise, but they require extra support and care at home, it would be a good idea to talk to them about hiring a professional and experienced home care aide to assist them in their endeavors, whatever they may be.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from senior care in Houston, TX, contact the staff at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.

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