Tips for Getting Active as a Family on Family Health and Fitness Day USA

Being in the sandwich generation, that is being a caregiver for both a child and an older adult, can be stressful and challenging. It also gives you the unique opportunity to provide multigenerational care. This is when you choose not just to fulfill the caregiver needs of each generation in the family, but to combine these efforts and offer care that supports a closer family bond and makes the most of your time, energy, and resources.

Caregiver Penfield NY - Tips for Getting Active as a Family on Family Health and Fitness Day USA

Caregiver Penfield NY – Tips for Getting Active as a Family on Family Health and Fitness Day USA

One way that this type of caregiving can be particularly meaningful is when your family exercises together.
September 24 is Family Health and Fitness Day U.S.A. This is a wonderful opportunity for your family to make exercising together an important part of your multigenerational care so that you can enjoy the benefits of this time together, including more motivation, greater encouragement, special time together, and more communication.

Use these tips to help you get active as a family:

• Schedule it in. Keeping your life organized and scheduled is an essential part of making sure that you get everything done. Schedule in your exercise time with your parent so that you make sure that you follow through with it. Treat it as any other appointment and honor it every time.

• Let everyone be involved. Encourage every member of the family to be a part of planning your activities. Get input from your parent as well as your children, or take turns choosing activities. You might be surprised at the ideas that come up.

• Focus on the fun. Try not to look at these activities as just another care task or just something else that you need to do. Focus on the fun that you can have as a family and all of the benefits that all of you receive from the activities you do together. Use this as part of your stress relief time.

If you have noticed that your senior’s challenges have increased to the point that you are no longer able to handle them confidently, or your own limitations or schedule have changed and made it so that you can no longer fulfill your parent’s needs, now may be the ideal time for you to consider home care for them.

In-home care can fill care gaps that might exist in your caregiving efforts and ensure that any care tasks that your parent needs but you are not able to fulfill on your own are handled respectfully and effectively. This can not only help your parent to stay as healthy, comfortable, safe, and happy as possible as they age in place, but it can also ease your stress and support a better quality of life for both you and your parent.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Penfield NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)