If you take a look at the long list senior citizen’s health needs, you will routine physicals, medications and dental check-ups. In addition to this, the caregiver’s health often suffers because the caregiver often puts their health needs on hold while caring for their loved ones. This article is chock full of advice on how you can become more aware of your loved one’s health requirements, especially if they have a chronic illness or a serious health issue.
Those who make healthy lifestyle choices and eat a healthy diet when they are young become healthier senior citizens; however, it is not too late to begin improving your health. Good health habits improve the health of senior citizens who are prone to chronic or serious health issues as well as those who did not make their overall health a priority in the past.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 healthy habits that can improve the health of your elderly loved one according to Senior Care Center.
1. Consume a Healthy Diet – Digestion begins to slow with aging; therefore, it is essential that your loved one eats a diet rich in whole grains and high fiber vegetables and fruits. Additionally, as a person ages, they become more likely to suffer from dehydration. Drinking plenty of liquids will help your loved one stay sharp and energized.
2. Preventative Care is Vital – Preventative care, including health screenings for heart issues, cancer and cholesterol are covered by Medicare and should be done frequently. In addition to this, your loved one should receive the flu shot and the pneumonia immunization.
3. Keep Up to Date on Your Loved One’s Medications – Ask your loved one’s doctor to review their medications to check for drug interactions. Any new symptom could be a sign of a drug interaction, including loss of appetite, drowsiness and allergic reactions, especially if your loved one has started a new medication or had any medication changes.
4. Sleep is Important – Insomnia and frequent wakings are quite common among senior citizens. In the evenings, you can help your loved one become drowsy by lowering the lights. You will also want to ensure that your loved one’s bedroom is cool, quiet and comfortable to encourage a full night’s sleep.
5. Mental Health – The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation states that new hobbies, doing crossword puzzles, reading and writing can help to stimulate a senior’s mind. Activities like these help the senior to avoid a decline in their mental health.
6. Vision Screenings – Seniors who wear glasses should have a vision check done annually. During the eye exam, they will be screened for several health issues. Ensuring your loved one has the correct eyewear prescription can help reduce the risk of falls.
7. Socialization – Time spent with friends and family members can help to ensure a senior citizen feels connected. This is especially important if the senior has mobility issues. Socializing helps to improve your loved one’s mood.
8. Physical Activity – Exercise can help to relieve aches and pains, improve energy levels and mood as well as improving your loved one’s memory. Talk with your loved one’s physician about the best exercise program for your loved one. When a senior citizen is active, their overall well-being improves. A happy senior is a healthy senior.
9. Free Physicals – Medicare offers free annual wellness checks. Take advantage of these physicals to ensure that your senior is healthy.
10. Bi-Annual Dental Visits – As you age, your risk of cavities increase. In addition to this, mouth infections have been linked to a number of health conditions, including diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
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