Health Concerns For Seniors – Prevention Tips

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As age catches up, your life and body changes dramatically, and caring for your health becomes a top priority. Different physiological changes occur in a person’s body as part of the  natural aging process, and every organ of the body gets affected with notable physical changes becoming inevitable. Moreover, some conditions and diseases become prominent in seniors with psychosocial issues playing a role in mental and physical health.

Although the aging process is unavoidable, being aware of the frequent changes that happen to the body and adopting a healthy and active lifestyle helps to reduce their overall effects. Embracing various preventive measures keeps the body more rejuvenated and youthful.

Most changes occur in:

  • Skin: The skin becomes thinner, less flexible and more fragile.
  • Muscles, joints, and bones: Bones lose their density, shrinking in size and become more susceptible to fractures. Tissues shrink in mass, becoming weaker, and the joints are less flexible.
  • Balance and mobility: As a person ages, their body balance and mobility get affected due to related changes. Muscles, joints, and bone with other nervous system problems become significant contributors to slowed movement and lack of balance.
  • Body Shape: Due to bone changes, and the body stature becomes shorter while the back vertebrae curvature may be altered. The body may experience reduced fat metabolism and increased muscle loss. Also, body fat may get redistributed to the buttocks and abdominal areas.
  • Immunity System: The body’s immune system becomes weaker. The white blood cells, capable of fighting infections, become less active, leading to frequent infection attacks.

Preventative Tips

Eat Healthy Foods

Eating food rich in different nutrients is advisable. Seniors should embrace the daily intake of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods and avoid salty, sweet, and highly processed foods.The majority of senior people also consume more than double the recommended sodium leading to cardiovascular diseases and hypertension .This happens when eating at restaurants and pre-packaged foods and therefore eating out should be minimised. Keep in mind each person has different dietary needs, and  should follow the doctors’ given dietary suggestions.

Embrace an active life

Doing regular exercise is the key to mental and physical well being. Physical activity may provide relief for common chronic conditions like arthritis, depression, and heart disease. Moreover, exercising keeps the body strong, ensuring seniors stay independent for longer periods. Staying active improves balance, endurance, strength, and flexibility. The key to staying active is doing something that you enjoy, like walking, ride your bike, swimming, gardening, taking tennis classes for seniors, aerobics, and housework. It’s good to start slowly and then increase the intensity as you build your strength. Seeking doctor’s advice on the type of physical activities are best is advisable for safe and steady progress.

Keep your brain sharp

Most of the seniors above the age of 65 years have some cognitive decline. Embracing a lifestyle of cognitive stimulation by undertaking active learning helps to slow down the cognitive decline. Hence, it’s essential for the seniors never to stop learning and keep on challenging their minds. Learning a new language, taking dancing lessons, doing the daily crossword, attending senior classes at local universities, reading, and learning how to play a musical instrument helps to keep the mind active.

Get help.

Many seniors require care assistance since they can’t handle everything. Many, who may not have relatives and friends nearby who can offer assistance and they may opt for home care services. Such services help seniors to maintain their household, drive them around, and perform home modifications to make the house more accessible and comfortable. Additionally, embracing home care services helps the seniors to stay on top of their health since they have someone following up on their dietary needs, medication, and keeping them active.

Cultivate your relationships

Most seniors live alone, which can lead to loneliness. Mostly it happens due to life changes like retirement, loss of a spouse, and health issues that limit movement, leading to social isolation. Maintaining communication with friends and family before and after a life change is a vital way of cultivating relationships.Schedule regular meetings with friends, other seniors, and family members to enjoy a meal, a cup of coffee, or to share a common interest like a chess game. Reach out to other seniors whom you are staying with at the senior home that may feel lonely and isolated.

Take charge of your overall health

Most of the senior’s health is controlled by the environment, actions, social factors, and genes. The more actively a senior citizen participates in taking care of their health, the easier it becomes for them to enjoy a happy life. Change your lifestyle to fit your current status, embrace annual physical check-ups, or anytime you feel concerned about your health and adhere to given appointments. Make time to have your breakfast daily, get enough sleep, join social groups, and have a healthy eating plan, plus an active life.

Keeping both your mind and body well rejuvenated helps you to have a happy and enjoyable senior’s years.