If you’ve been trying to figure out how to help your senior to be more active, you might just need to lead with the benefits. Here are some of the ideas to work into your conversation. Always make sure you talk to her doctor about whether exercise is safe for her.
Defining “More Active” Is Important
What does it mean for your senior to be “more active”? Believe it or not, she doesn’t have to start training for a marathon in order for her increasing activity to count. Even just walking around more at home can really help her quite a bit, especially if her mobility is an issue or she’s been avoiding exercise for a long time. Her doctor can help her to determine what, “more active,” needs to be for her right now at her current health levels.
Food Is Fuel
What your elderly family member eats is vitally important to whether she’s going to be able to increase her activity levels or not. Empty calories, meaning foods that have little to no nutritive value, give her calories but nothing else, really. Processed foods and convenience foods are often full of sugar and salt, both of which can be dangerous for your senior. Start gradually swapping out these foods for more whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, and proteins that fuel her body much more effectively.
Better Sleep Means More Activity Which Means Better Sleep
Sleep and movement are intrinsically tied together. The more your elderly family member moves during the day, the better she’ll sleep at night. This helps her body to recharge and gives her more energy during the day. With that energy boost, she’ll find that exercise becomes easier and easier to handle. It all works together.
All the Pieces Make up a Whole
These different aspects of what moving more can do for your senior all fit together to give her so much more than she might expect. She can start to have more time and energy for the activities that she loves, simply by moving more, eating better, and getting better sleep. It’s all a part of the larger whole. She may find that increasing her activity levels as well as using other tools, like assistance from elderly care providers, makes aging in place that much easier and more manageable.
Your senior can experience so many different benefits from starting to exercise and move more often. Even though she might not feel like getting more active at first, as she starts to see and to feel more of the good side effects, the whole thing gets so much easier.
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As a practicing Registered Nurse, Etelka was keenly aware of a void in quality patient care that could be provided in the home. She embarked upon a journey to develop a home health care agency that would exceed all expectations and become a trusted partner to physicians and patients.
A Distinguished Career From Nurse to Director of Nursing to President of Home Services Unlimited
Etelka’s distinguished career followed a logical progression to her position as President of Home Services Unlimited. She graduated as a nurse practitioner with a Bachelor of Nursing (RN) in 1972 from Meshgorya University in the Ukraine, close to where she lived with her family. She married her husband Phil in 1973 and decided in 1977 that they would relocate to the United States to be closer to family and to come to this land of opportunity. With an eagerness to continue her budding career, Etelka sat for and passed her Boards in the U.S. in 1979.
A Love and Talent for Working with the Elderly
Etelka began her nursing career in the U.S. at Colonial Crest, now part of Golden Living, where she was the In-service Coordinator, the Director of Training and Education and Director of Nursing, a position she occupied for several years.
With a group of partners, she co-founded Adept Corporation, which operated group homes for the mentally challenged. The business was successful and in 1996, Etelka sold her share to return to her roots, caring for the elderly.
In January of 1997, Etelka opened Home Services Unlimited as a fully licensed business to provide home health care. In her quest to learn to do better for her patients, she had already obtained a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) in May of 1990 from the College of St. Francis. As President of Home Services Unlimited, Inc., Etelka guides the trusted, experienced care model Home Services Unlimited uses to continue providing excellent home health care.
Giving Back to the Community of Indianapolis
Volunteering for community services is a high priority for Etelka. Her memberships include the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Executive Women in Health Care and the Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care, where she is a member of the Board of Directors.
Etelka has also served on the Board of Directors with Hooverwood Home, a highly regarded geriatric facility, since 1997 and as the President for 2005-2006. Through her community work, she has received several awards and accolades, including the Nora McFarland award in 2002, from the Indiana Association of Home and Hospice Care.
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