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    Want some advice for helping my grandfather

    Ok so I'm going to start by giving an idea of his fitness level. He is +-85 years old and has had some health issues in the past (in the beginning of the year he was really sick and we believe it was an electrolyte imbalance), he uses a walking frame but it's mostly for balance. He can probably (it's hard to tell) walk 200 to 300 meters without having to rest alot.

    So what I was wondering is.
    1. His hands ache, are there any exercises that might help?
    2. He has a problem with dizzyness. Do any of you maybe have advice to help him?
    3. Are there some lite strength exercises he can do when he's on the couch or in bed?

    I think that is everything I wanted to say, I might edit later to add some more.

    Thank you in advance for your time.

    #2
    It's nice of you to want to help your grandfather! There are many exercises which may be suitable for him. I recommend taking some of the ideas below to his primary care physician or physical therapist. You can print them, or email them.
    The categories you can browse are "rehab" and "office" exercises. Many of the Office exercise groups are designed to be done in a chair. The Rehab category aims to slowly return to normal range of motion and strength.

    Also, take a look at Foundation (Light). It's a whole program designed around rehab exercises. It would be best to modify standing exercises by using a wall for support, for safety. That may mean exercising one side of the body, resting, then doing the other side.

    For all exercises, it would be good to have a chair close by, take frequent rests, and start with very brief periods of activity before progressing. Doing just thirty seconds of mobility exercises, several times throughout the day, may help a lot.

    Safety is most important here. It sounds like your grandfather's health is on the mend, but balance issues risk a fall and a long recovery. Slow and steady does it!

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      #3
      For some of the exercises look into the new Power Up book, the exercises are not hard on the body and may help your grandfather in his advanced years.

      look into light workouts, so check the programs to see which ones would suit him.

      best of luck.

      johnj49.

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        #4
        Thank you BlondeJaneBlonde and Johnj49 for the advice. I'll do some research before our next visit.

        I really feel as though even just a little extra exercise will help him in so many ways.

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          #5
          Hi Witbuks

          you are right, a little exercise, after a few weeks of doing the exercises will adjust the body as in strengthen, endurance, etc.

          with the new found exercises, your grandfather should have a little bit buoyancy in his step. I hope it all goes well and good luck in your search.

          johnj49.

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            #6
            I had a wonderful grandfather too, it‘s great that you want to help him. When you use the workout filter, try Wellness.

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              #7
              Thank you Kaleo.

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                #8
                I would start off with individual exercises from the level one range, starting with seated stretching and strength exercises. Then there are some seated cardio too. The reason being with his age and limited mobility this will help you and him identify what exercises he can do safely and gradually. Even foundation light can be over whelming to someone with difficulty walking and from experience getting two weeks into the easiest program on the lowest difficulty and becoming immobilised can from a gradual build up of joint issues it can be soul crushing especially when its not your first attempt. If you do individual exercises gradually upgrading from sitting to standing to low impact to some impact, you can have that sense of acomplishmemt of checking off new things in a safe controlled pace that you choose based on how his body responds to exercise. When i am have access to a computer i can link some starter exercises if you need help finding them. But please go slow, stay positive and keep tabs on any types of exercises causing pain or that are uncomfortable to complete.

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                  #9
                  Thank you Nelliel. I think I will start him of with the Talk to the hand workout, I will tell him that he should not do any of the movements that makes the pain in his hands worse. I think I should also tell him to only do 1 set to start out, then maybe after a few weeks add another set building it up nice and slow.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Witbuks View Post
                    Thank you Nelliel. I think I will start him of with the Talk to the hand workout, I will tell him that he should not do any of the movements that makes the pain in his hands worse. I think I should also tell him to only do 1 set to start out, then maybe after a few weeks add another set building it up nice and slow.
                    I think that sounds like a really great approach.T single set is also a really good idea as well its a great way to test and introduce new movements and something i do as well for myself. Its really helped to prevent injury and keep me going. For me i test things as one set for about a week to see how its feeling after. Another trick if when he feels ready to increase sets is to halve the reps and double the sets. This really helps to prevent fatigue and finish the exercises with good form. For example i start with 10 reps 1 set for my physio, now i do 5 reps and 4 sets. You dont end up sore but get the benifit of the extra exercises. Good luck to you both!

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                      #11
                      I thing chinese exercise will be good as not intense,what is your opinion?
                      Look at this
                      T'AI CHI Chi-Gun Worm Up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm_Q...VGgjaf&index=1
                      Lucy Lloyd Barker T'AI CHI Chi Gun 18 (shibashi) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kFBpPMaff8


                      What is your opinion about willd goose also,it is a light walking workout

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                        #12
                        These are some great ideas.

                        Dizziness, fatigue, and hand pains make me wonder about his hydration. Elderly folks have suppressed thirst drive and hence can get dehydrated quickly. Make sure he is drinking enough fluids prior to exercise. (Not to pry, but if he is on a fluid restriction for heart disease or taking diuretics for high blood pressure, hydration would have to be under medical guidelines.)

                        Sofa workouts: https://darebee.com/collections/sofa-workouts.html

                        Other workouts have been designed in collabs w/ National Health Service: https://darebee.com/initiatives/nhs-collaboration.html

                        If you have any light wrist weights, he could do gentle bicep curls w/o having to hold weights.

                        Start low #s and go slow. Before you know it, he will be doing pushups like these guys -->

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                          #13
                          Thank you Avatar. He has some trouble with his balance so maybe when he's done some even lighter exercises to start getting some of his strength back. The first one has some exercises he can do with his hands, I'll definitely look some more into that.

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                            #14
                            Thank you Shikari. Well we do think that his being sick earlier this year was caused by a electrolyte imbalance. I'll make sure he drinks water before exercises.

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