Many senior citizens live healthy, productive lives and are able to enjoy vibrant lifestyles thanks to the habits they’ve adopted and remain devoted to maintaining. By following in their footsteps, other aging adults are more likely to live happier, healthier lives. Here are some of the best habits seniors can maintain to age well.
Sticking to a Healthy Diet
Seniors continue needing nutritional intake to enable their bodies to have enough fuel for energy and cell replication needs. Meals must consist of lean meats and poultry rich in protein. Oily fish three times a week provides neuroprotective omega-3 fatty acids. Brightly colored vegetables and fruits are full of fiber, minerals, and vitamins that promote digestive tract function and overall health. Low-fat or fat-free dairy products provide muscles and bones with calcium and vitamin D. Supplement meals with whole grains or nuts for increased fiber and healthy fats.
If your loved one needs assistance with planning and preparing nutritious meals, a home caregiver can be a wonderful source of support. Home care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy.
Using Preventative Measures
Staying healthy requires taking measures to prevent problems or catch and treat potential medical conditions. Seniors must make and attend healthcare appointments and take the time to go to community health screenings to monitor cardiovascular health. Older adults with family histories of specific medical conditions need routine monitoring to detect the possible development of those conditions. Seniors should have their auditory and visual abilities routinely checked and receive the recommended vaccinations to prevent flu and pneumonia.
Seniors must know what each medication they take treats. They must also be aware of possible side effects and medication interactions. In the event unusual symptoms arise, they should consult with their physicians to determine if a dosage adjustment is needed or a different medication might provide desired results.
Getting Sufficient Restful Sleep
Like any other age group, seniors need seven to nine hours of restful sleep each night. Encourage sleep by ensuring the bedroom environment is conducive to relaxing and falling asleep. Limit caffeinated beverages if necessary. Seniors should also engage in non-stimulating activities two to three hours before bedtime and consult with physicians if signs of sleep apnea develop.
Older adults must stay physically active to promote cardiovascular and physical health. Walking, gardening, and doing household chores along with cycling, swimming, and performing tai chi are all activities that also enhance balance and flexibility, which are necessary for fall prevention.
Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving 24-hour care. Palm Desert, CA, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.
Exercising the Mind
Like the rest of the body, the brain requires routine workouts to maintain optimal function. Seniors should enjoy good books, work puzzles, or play games with friends and loved ones. All of these activities stimulate multiple areas of the brain. Learning a new hobby or skill challenges the brain that much more. Stimulating the brain encourages neurons to build more pathways of communication.
Keeping in regular touch with friends and loved ones promotes cognitive, mental, and physical health. Having an active social life reduces the risk of becoming depressed. Engaging in conversations also challenges seniors to keep abreast of current events, which enhances cognitive health. Socializing also provides self-worth. Being emotionally and mentally healthy can prevent the development of physical medical conditions.
Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality in-home care. Palm Desert families trust Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. Home Care Assistance will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call us today at (760) 345-0001 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.