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Exercises for Seniors with Diabetes

by expending energy. Either alone or with the help of a Summit caregiver, your loved one should use elastic bands, weights, and balances while doing these types of exercises.

If chronic pain or other complications caused by diabetes mean your loved one needs assistance with daily tasks, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help your loved oneIf your senior loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, he or she will need to make exercise part of a daily routine to help manage the condition and prevent other potential complications. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elderly home care Summit families trust, has put together this list of exercises your loved one should try.

Endurance Exercises 

Endurance exercises, which include walking, jogging, and swimming, can help boost the way your loved one’s body uses insulin. When your loved one completes endurance exercises, he or she could experience a variety of benefits such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Better response to insulin
  • Improving the way his or her body uses blood sugar
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease


Stretching Exercises 

Stretching exercises not only help reduce your loved one’s risk of diabetes-related injuries, but they can also help increase his or her blood circulation and reduce his or her stress levels, both of which are necessary to control diabetes. Stretching exercises can also help your loved one’s body respond better to insulin. 

Balancing Exercise 

Balancing exercises can help manage blood glucose levels. Seniors have to work harder to stabilize, which helps them burn off calories, and maintaining a healthy weight is necessary to treat diabetes. These exercises also help the elderly reduce their risk of falling. Some balancing exercises your loved one can try include:

  • Seated shoulder roll
  • Shoulder reach out
  • Leg lift (can be done while sitting in a chair)
  • Seated step touch
  • Side step


Resistance Exercises 

Resistance exercises are necessary for seniors to help control their blood sugar levels. Your loved one can use resistance exercises to build his or her muscle, boost the way his or her body stores and processes glucose, and manage his or her weight  with daily exercise, medication reminders, cooking, and much more. Our home care services also extend to seniors with memory conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Summit for those who require more comprehensive care. For more information, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 908.450.9400 to schedule a free in-home consultation.