Senior runners know few things are as exhilarating as a brisk run on their favorite trail. However, it is important for Naples caregivers to keep in mind running safety strategies may need to be adjusted as their senior loved ones get older. These tips can help ensure your loved one stays safe while running so he or she can enjoy maximum benefits from the workout.
Run with a Friend
Some seniors are at risk for injuries that could hinder their ability to get help. This is especially true if they have prior injuries or health complications such as a past knee surgery. By running with friends, seniors can enjoy the added benefit of companionship while knowing they can look out for each other’s safety.
Walk New Routes Before Running Them
Curbs, slippery gravel, and other hazards might be difficult for seniors to spot while running. For this reason, your loved one should inspect new routes for potential dangers first. While walking the route, your loved one should look for alternate pathways and potential resting areas that can be used when safety is at risk.
Avoid Running in Extreme Weather
Older adults are more vulnerable to fluctuations in the weather that can cause them to dehydrate or overheat. Ideally, your loved one should strive to run during the cooler times of the day and dress in layers that can be removed or added to adjust his or her body temperature.
Don’t Wear Headphones
It is important for runners to use all of their senses to stay on guard for potential hazards. For seniors, hearing loss can make it harder to hear an approaching vehicle or other warning sounds. Instead of wearing headphones, your loved one should plan other ways to stay entertained such as chatting with a running buddy.
Carry Medical ID
Although every runner should carry some type of identification with them, seniors need to include some extra information regarding their health status. For example, knowing an injured runner has diabetes can give first responders the information they need to start helping right away. Your loved one should also carry the name and contact information for his or her next of kin as well as a preferred hospital and physician.
Though it’s important for seniors to get plenty of exercise, it’s even more vital to do so safely. If your loved one needs help with running or another exercise regimen, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our expertly trained caregivers can ensure your loved one maintains a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing safety. For more information on the in-home care Naples families trust, call one of our qualified Client Care Managers at (239) 449-4701 to schedule a free consultation.