Your parents’ health is important but so is yours. You can team up with them to break unhealthy habits and improve your overall health. Not only does this improve your quality of life, but it’s also a great way to spend time together and bond. It also doesn’t have to be hard.
Here are some of the healthy habits you can work on together.
Get 30 Minutes of Daily Exercise
Aim for at least half an hour of daily exercise. Ideally, you’ll mix up the activities through the week. One day could be strength training and another day is a brisk walk on a nature trail. Once a week, you could go to a Yoga or Zumba class together. Swimming, bicycling, and Tai Chi are other activities you can do together.
If you and your parents smoke, it’s time to give that habit up. You may find you’re more successful if you make a pact to stop smoking together. You’ll have each other for support. Talk to a doctor to see if nicotine gum, nicotine patches, or other cessation products would be helpful.
A drink now and then isn’t horrible, but if you’re having a few drinks a night, it’s a problem. Work on lowering the number of drinks you have each week. Aim for no more than one small drink per night. If it’s hard to give up, make mocktails, get non-alcoholic beers and wines, and focus on flavorful beverages like iced tea or seltzer with a lot of fresh fruit added for flavor.
Stress happens for any number of reasons, but it also has a negative impact on your health. Work on ways to de-stress together. Go for a long walk on the beach. Head to a spa for a massage or body treatment. Seek a support group that gives you both a place to air your frustrations that cause the stress to build. Getting outside for sun and fresh air also helps some ease the stress and tension they feel.
Take Breaks From Each Other
One of the things you both need is to socialize. Family caregivers need to remember to take an evening off every now and then to enjoy time with friends or family. Hiring respite care services from professional caregivers ensures this happens. Plus, your parents socialize with someone else while you’re away. Call an agency to learn more.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.