Hand Exercises For Seniors And The Elderly

Hand Stretches

Hand exercises for seniors and the elderly are a wonderful component to your daily stretching routine. Our hands are usually the first thing we notice in the morning that has stiffened up overnight.

Hand exercises like the hand stretch below will help loosen up the fingers and palm. A good idea for warming up your hands is to use a microwave hot pack before stretching.

This will increase the temperature of the tissues under the skin including ligaments and tendons, which will make them much more elastic. Try it and see how much further you can open and close your hand.

Purpose of this exercise

Increase the flexibility and range of motion of your hand and fingers. Warms up your hand to prepare for the activity of the day.

Step 1

Hold your hands out in front with palms down.


Step 2

Open and close the hand, spreading the fingers apart. Repeat 10 times.



Continue breathing normally, in through the nose and out through the mouth.


Do not strain, simply open and close your hand. If your shoulders get tired holding your hands up, drop them down to your lap. Try to open your hand as wide as possible, spreading the fingers apart.

Take it up a notch

Add wrist circles while opening and closing the hand.

How to do Hand Stretches

How to do Hand Stretches

More Upper Body Flexibility Exercises

1. Shoulder And Upper Back Stretch

2. Shoulder Rolls

3. Neck Side Stretch

4.Neck Rotation

5. Shoulder Circles

6. Shoulder Stretch

7. Chest Stretch

8. Overhead Reach

9. Reach Back

10. Triceps Stretch

11. Hand Stretch

12. Arm Raises

Resources Family Caregivers https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/STEADI-CaregiverBrochure.pdf