With Spring in the air, the evenings getting longer and the Covid-19 restrictions behind us, there certainly a feeling of optimism and no better time to get out and about.
For many ageing adults spring offers the opportunity to get out and about, and get some fresh air, even if it is just to work or walk in the garden. The benefits of activities such as gardening can’t be stressed enough as light exercise can help prevent physical and emotional problems, such as depression, chronic conditions, and memory decline. 
Here are some useful tips to get your step count up every day;

  • try walking to the shops instead of driving
  • using the stairs instead of the lift or escalator
  • when driving, parking at the far end of the car park
  • planning a walk each weekend
  • joining a walking group.
However, there are some age-related conditions that should be considered to keep you safe when going for a walk or working in the garden. As we age issues surrounding vision, mobility and balance become more problematic and, in some cases can lead to the restriction of activities.
Steven Tubbritt, General Manager of Home Instead Waterford advises that obstacles and hazards can be mitigated with a little planning to help make the garden a safe and rewarding space.
“It’s a real positive if you’re thinking about taking advantage of the milder weather and longer days to spend time going for walks or getting out in the garden. Let someone know if you are going for a walk, where you are going and what time you should be home. Be mindful of your surroundings” Steven also advises that any complicated or heavy Garden work to ask a family member or neighbour for assistance if needed.
Home Instead provides services to ageing adults in their own homes and is approved by the HSE. Its CAREGivers help clients maintain their independence by assisting them with activities of daily living such as personal care, meal preparation, laundry, shopping, and light housekeeping.

To find out more about Home Instead Waterford call 051 333966 or 058 75298 or visit www.homeinstead.ie