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Caring for Parents, Keeping Them Healthy

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Exercise and Older Adults continued...

Look into special exercise programs for older adults in the neighborhood. Visit the classes on your own before you suggest your parent joins. There are some good ones out there, but some can be depressing to those who are fairly vital.

Squeezing balls of clay is good exercise for arthritic hands, as are therapeutic squeeze balls made just for that purpose. They're available at most drugstores.

Older adults have found that weight lifting using relatively light weights strengthens the body, helps bone density, increases flexibility, and reassures them of their abilities.

Always check with a doctor before your loved one embarks on any exercise program.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on July 12, 2012
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