Within fewer than 20 years, Indiana will have more residents age 65 and older than residents under the age of 15. That means that it will be more important than ever for seniors to have easy access to the resources they need, whether for themselves or for other adults in their care.
At Families First, our mission is to help families of all ages and to provide care, hope, and guidance to those who need it. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of a few resources that we hope will prove useful to seniors and caretakers.
Fitness for Seniors
Exercise plays a critical role in human health at every stage of life, but it can be especially beneficial for seniors. Regular exercise can help prevent falls and reduce the risk of heart attack, strengthen bones and boost the immune system, and improve overall quality of life.
But it’s also important to find the exercise that’s right for you or your loved one—something that’s as enjoyable as it is challenging. The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus website is a great resource for detailed information about senior exercise. It even includes video tutorial links to help ensure you keep good form and stay safe.
As our partners, parents, and other loved ones age, we may find ourselves playing the role of caregiver. It’s no secret that caregiving can be a challenge under any circumstance, and that it can take a physical, mental, and emotional toll. That’s why it’s so important to reach out for support.
Fortunately, the world is more interconnected than ever. Whereas in decades past it could be difficult to find other people who could share and understand your experiences, the internet has helped to bring together caregivers of all stripes. The AgingCare Caregiver Forum is a great place to find resources, ask questions, or simply to vent after a difficult day.
Getting out of the house can make for a nice change of pace, but it’s important to find something that’s a good fit for your interest and abilities. Attending an event that’s overcrowded, costly, or doesn’t offer enough seating can spoil an otherwise nice day.
Fortunately, community calendars can not only help you know what to prepare for, they can also introduce you to events you might not otherwise have heard about. Around Indy offers an excellent listing of free events in Indianapolis and Central Indiana, and the Senior Citizen’s Guide provides a near-comprehensive listing of activities, resources, and more for older adults. If you’re looking to try something new, these can be excellent places to start.
Older Adult Services from Families First
The needs of older adults can vary widely from person to person. Because of this, when providing services we always conduct a comprehensive in-home assessment to help identify your needs. From there we can develop an individualized care plan for you or your loved one, and deliver high-quality in-home services that include counseling, help with money management, grocery shopping, transportation, and more.
If you’d like to learn more about our services or ask about the resources available to seniors, please call Families First at 317-634-6341.