6 Healthy Living Tips For the Elderly

You have a whole lifetime of experience. Combined with advice from doctors and family, by now you know what’s best for you. But even experts like yourself need to be reminded of how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Hence, below are a few healthy living quick tips, hot off the healthy living information press.

Tip One: Do See Your Doctor

Although most of us used our younger years to master the art of avoiding the doctor, it is imperative in our golden years to actually show up to those annoying and mostly hated doctor appointments. Unfortunately, many ailments and disorders are associated with increased age, and it is the reason many doctors organize a battery of tests and appointments for their older patients. Furthermore, perhaps you have certain dietary restrictions or specific prescription medications to take that may prevent you from doing certain exercises, keeping in touch with your physician prior to changing your diet or starting an exercise plan will ensure that both you and your doctor are on the same page when it comes to staying healthy.

Tip Two: Don’t Ignore Any Aches or Pains

Sometimes a pain in your hip can be just that, a pain in your hip, or it could be a sign of something else altogether. As tip one pointed out, do see your doctor if any aches or pains persist. And above all else, stay in tune with and aware of your body so that you can identify the normal aches and pains from the abnormal ones.

Tip Three: Know When You’ve Done Too Much

Are you suffering from sore joints or muscles from your fitness routine? Or have you overextended yourself by agreeing to take care of the grandkids? Be sure to not do too much. It’s Ok, and even advisable to stay active, but remember it’s also equally important to rest.

Tip Four: But Remember, You Do Need to Challenge Yourself

Although you may be content with your daily routine, every now and then, try to challenge yourself. Being fit and active can also include taking risks and pushing yourself to achieve more. So that triathlon that you’ve wanted to compete in since you were twenty, why not do it now in your 60’s?

Tip Five: Keep In Mind the Importance of a Balanced Diet

Try scanning the web for a list of healthy snacks and foods that you can add to your meals to achieve a balanced diet. Many of us tend to eat the same vegetables, fruits, and legumes, when there are so many varieties that we have yet to try. So venture into the unknown and try something different. It’s never too late for change!

Tip Six: A Healthy Mind Is Just as Important as a Healthy Body

Mental health is just as important as physical health and a huge part of mental health comes from being in the company of others. If you’re lonely, seek out a group that shares your interests or take up another hobby to meet people. And most importantly, attempt to spend more time with loved ones, even if it’s just a few minutes a day.

Overall, you already know what you need to do to stay healthy in the long run. Good eating habits, a commitment to exercise, and all around just caring for YOU will ensure a long, healthy, life.

Bradley P. White has been a practicing pharmacist in Ohio for 13 years. He focuses his practice on healthy living and wellness. He educates people on how to correct nutritional deficiencies to avoid illness and disease. To get a copy of Bradley’s Free book How To Avoid A Lifetime Of Illness and Medications visit his site at http://www.supersizeyourhealth.com/blog/st/index1.html

Senior Home Care Tips: Fall Prevention In The Elderly

Fall Prevention In The Elderly

Senior falls are more common than you think it is – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults aged 65 and above falls every year. For those aged 65 and above, falls are the number one cause of injury death and are also the leading cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

These falls could result in moderate to severe injuries including lacerations, head traumas, and hip fractures, and is in fact the leading cause of TBI or traumatic brain injuries. Fractures to the arm, leg, ankle, hip, pelvis, spine, and hand could also occur.

And as the old adage goes, “prevention is better than cure.” Understanding what possible risk factors cause falls can help you create a safer environment for seniors.

Below are some senior home care tips regarding fall prevention in the elderly:

• Involve and encourage seniors to exercise regularly.

Lack of physical activity can lead to poor muscle tone, loss of bone mass and flexibility, and overall decreased strength, all of which can cause falls and affect the severity of fall-caused injury. Choose exercises that can increase leg strength and improve balance and flexibility. Make sure that the exercises are done properly, without causing strain to the senior. Proper gear such as socks or shoes should also be worn.

• Pay a visit to the doctor and have them review the senior’s medication.

Some prescription and over-the-counter drugs may cause dizziness and drowsiness. Talk with your doctor and discuss options on how to reduce such side effects.

• Visit the eye doctor.

Impaired vision, such as that caused by glaucoma and cataracts may cause the senior to have poor depth perception or sensitivity to glare. Such factors could impede on the senior’s ability to navigate his or her way through the environment. Visit the ophthalmologist and have the senior’s eyeglasses checked and adjusted to maximize their vision.

• Fall-proof your home.

The environment in which the senior moves around in can be the culprit – are your outdoor pathways cluttered with rocks or tools? Is there not enough light to discern the walkways? Do throw rugs decorate every doorway of your home? Are appliance cords only waiting to trip anyone up?

Falls in older adults are common and dangerous, yes. But you can prevent it with elderly fall prevention tips such as those aforementioned. These are just simple steps compared to the cost, hassle and grief that could result from a fall. Fall prevention should be a mandatory part of your senior home care plan.

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