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Last week, I shared several ideas for good options for our senior parents who NEED to walk but health and weather make it difficult if not IMPOSSIBLE. One idea was to go to a gym to use their treadmill. The big problem with that and the rest of the ideas is that you have to be able to get your senior parent out to those places and they have to feel up to it. For many of us in the Sandwich Generation, though, that is easier said than done! This is particularly true for those of us babysitting grandchildren who live in another home or any of us who work outside the home. Not to mention if health issues force us to cancel scheduled appointments. It can get really frustrating, can't it?
There is another option, though, that can be much easier. Bring the exercise home. In our case, my senior mom just opted for a treadmill for our living room.
That way, she can walk, even if I'm out babysitting grandchiildren, even if it's too hot and humid to go out, even if her therapy appointment gets cancelled or she had to cancel due to not feeling well… I'm excited, too, as it will be a big blessing for me as well. I don't have as many issues as her, but when it's too hot or too icy outside, it will be grand. And as I shared last week, studies continue to show that walking is excellent exercise for boomers and seniors for a variety of great reasons.
With plenty of great reasons to keep on walking, including perking up how they feel, the treadmill should be a great help for both my senior mom and me to stay active no matter what's going on, except perhaps another summer cold! And hmmmm, bet my grandkids will want to give it a try too. We'll supervise it closely, but I should think it would be fun and healthy for them as well.
So after plenty of research, we headed for the store and put in an order for a treadmill to be delivered AND assembled (something neither of us are that great at). Check back next week for info on what we got and how it's going. And don't forget, even in the midst of all those Sandwich Generation issues, be sure to keep active one way or another! And…