As people age, they often have a more difficult time maintaining their overall health. However, seniors are living longer today, and a few lifestyle changes can increase their chances of a healthier life. Consider these 5 tips, brought to you by the Naples, FL, in-home senior care professionals at Home Care Assistance.
1. Stay Active
Staying active can dramatically help your loved one increase his or her longevity. Mild exercise, even if it only means taking a leisurely stroll after dinner, can increase circulation and mobility, reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis, and boost cardiovascular health. In addition, physical activity can also help lower blood pressure and even eliminate the need for antihypertensive medications. These medications sometimes lead to dangerous side effects such as poor eyesight and dizziness, which can heighten the risk for a life-threatening fall.
2. Socialize More Often
Maintaining strong relationships with family and friends can add years to your loved one’s life. Too often, seniors become isolated and lonely, which can lead to feelings of hopelessness and depression, both of which can shorten a person’s lifespan. When seniors become depressed, it can raise blood pressure and blood glucose levels. Depression, sadness, hopelessness, and being isolated can also cause seniors to stop eating, leading to weight loss, suppressed immunity, and dangerous nutritional deficiencies. However, regular socialization gives your loved one something to look forward to and provides hope for the future.
3. Consider Aspirin
Taking low-dose aspirin on a daily basis may increase a senior’s life span. Aspirin decreases platelet aggregation, making the blood less likely to clot and preventing cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. Aspirin therapy may even decrease the risk for certain cancers, such as those of the gastrointestinal tract. However, your loved one should not start an aspirin regimen unless recommended by his or her physician.
4. Take Vitamins
Elderly people often have diminished appetites as a result of preexisting medical conditions or medication side effects, which can raise the risk for nutritional deficiencies. If not recognized and addressed, these deficiencies can lead to serious illnesses. Nutritional deficiencies such as low iron can cause fatigue, muscle pain, shortness of breath, abnormal bleeding, and chest pain. Taking a daily multivitamin can help reverse the negative effects of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. As with aspirin, make sure your loved one sees a doctor before taking any new vitamins.
5. Get a Pet
Having another living, breathing creature around gives seniors a reason to take care of themselves because they know their pets depend on them. Pet ownership can also combat loneliness and depression, and it provides both the owner and animal with love, exercise, and companionship.
If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our revolutionary Balanced Care Method (BCM) is designed to help seniors live longer, healthier, and happier lives by focusing on lifestyle factors like diet, exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation. For more information on BCM and the live-in and respite care Naples, FL, families trust, call one of our qualified Client Care Managers at (239) 449-4701 today.