Sometimes it just takes the right person supporting you in implementing healthier habits into your current lifestyle. When elderly adults want to make changes for the better, they often turn to family caregivers for help. It’s never too late for anyone to embrace a healthier life, and even aging adults with chronic issues can benefit. Making small goals can yield big results, so it’s a good idea to start as soon as possible.
Here are some of the ways that family caregivers and their aging loved ones can choose to be healthier and happier:
Everyone is guilty of choosing dessert over their vegetables once in a while, but a healthy diet is one of the best ways to boost health in seniors. When the meals center on lean protein, fresh vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fruit, and low-fat dairy products, the body gets plenty of nutrients, so it can operate efficiently. Good nutrition also helps boost the immune system and heal faster from injury and illness.
While most seniors can’t achieve the level of activity and exercise they once did, there are still plenty of ways they can stay fit and build up their strength and stamina. Even aging adults in wheelchairs can do some activities designed to work their muscles. Examples of low-impact exercise for seniors includes tai chi, senior yoga, water aerobics, and walking. Exercise builds up the appetite, burns calories, strengthens joints and muscles, and improves circulation. It even contributes to a good night’s sleep.
Consistent Medical Care.
Most seniors are dealing with at least one chronic health condition, and properly managing their medication and checkups can be overwhelming. Seeing the doctor regularly means that seniors are getting the best treatments possible and that any new developments can be addressed right away. Medication management is important as well.
Hire a Senior Care Provider.
Family caregivers often hire a senior care provider to help with daily tasks that their aging relative can’t do. Instead of stressing and struggling, the elderly adult can rely on the professional and compassionate assistance of a senior care provider. They can help with showering, dressing, grooming, and hygiene. In addition, senior care aides can handle light housework, laundry, and meal preparation.
Interacting with others in the community is important because it helps prevent loneliness and isolation. Whether it’s lunching with friends, visiting relatives, or attending a community event, aging adults need to keep emotional and mental connections strong. Family caregivers and senior care providers need to make outings a priority, even if it’s just one or two per week.
Elderly adults can make many small lifestyle changes to turn from bad habits to good ones. With a good support system in place, like family caregivers, friends, clergy, senior care providers, and more, aging adults will have the physical and mental health to enjoy each new day.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Walnut Creek, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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