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Keep your parent active with senior-friendly exercise programs

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As seniors age, many turn to prescription drugs and family remedies to relieve their aches and pains. For some this results in over medicating, which could impair their mental, physical and emotional state.

Visit with your parent and their doctor to see if it would be appropriate to reduce or eliminate some of their medications.

To get them started review these tips:

1. The best way to burn calories, avoid frailty, reduce stress levels and stay energized is to start a senior-friendly workout program like chair yoga.

Many retirement and assisted living communities offer such programs that focus on flexibility--a key ingredient in helping seniors stay active.

Chair yoga programs are known to help people with the symptoms of many health issues including: hypertension (high blood pressure), anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, vertigo (medical), multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, clinical depression and chronic pain.

2. Some seniors think they are too old to exercise, so a chair yoga program is ideal to get them moving again. You may even want to attend a class or two with them to ease their resistance and to help them meet friends that will encourage them to continue working out.

3. Ensure that your parent's doctor sign off on their exercise program before they begin.

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