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Bicycling is a fun hobby for all ages from our grandkids on up to our senior parents, possibly even those with Parkinsons Disease symptoms! So, if you’re also a member of the barely-aging Baby Boomers Generation or older and are wondering if you’ve outgrown it, you might want to rethink that.
One of my uncles rode his bike into his 70s! I just enjoyed riding a bike with a friend, in spite of having a fracture boot on, due to my fifth metatarsal fracture. And, of course, earlier this week I wrote about the 80-something gentlemen with advanced Parkinsons Disease symptoms including the Parkinsons gait who is riding a bicycle wonderfully!
It’s great for a low impact, cardio exercise. These types of exercises help us to be proactive for staying healthy and working to prevent osteoporosis. All in all, a win-win-win for the Baby Boomers Generation caring for elderly parents, as well as the senior parents themselves.
If a traditional two wheel bike gives you pause, there are other fun options out there. If you have a friend who is a good bike rider, perhaps they would be willing to team up with you to buy a tandem cruiser bicycle (a 2 person bike).
Did you know they make tricycles for adults? My grandmother used to bike around on her tricycle quite a bit. And it’s not just for adults. Her grandkids all had a blast riding it around whenever they came to visit.
Then again, if you don’t feel up to any of that, there’s always stationary bikes like the stationary recumbant sport exercise bike above. I bought an upright one a couple of years ago and both my senior mom and I used it. I liked it but this one looks much more comfortable to ride. On the other hand, mine also made for fun activities for grandparents and their grandchildren! My grandkids would come over and have so much fun standing up to ride the bike, not to mention doing a few gymnastics on the handlebars (under very close supervision of course 🙂 )
Whichever you decide on, the important key is to, in the words of Nike, “Just Do It!” 🙂 The Sandwich Generation issues of life can keep us so busy it’s easy to put it off. But it’s well worth it for your health and the health of your senior parents. And think how much fun you and your senior parents and your grandkids can all have, biking off in the sunset together. Or maybe just heading for the nearest fishing hole. 🙂