People are living much longer, thanks to better medical care, scientific innovation, and advances in the pharmaceutical industry. While people may be living longer, some seniors aren’t enjoying their golden years to the fullest. Fortunately, there are secrets and tips for remaining healthy and happy while aging.
Seniors who have positive attitudes are better able to manage the challenges of aging. Those who have an optimistic outlook on the aging process are thought to be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, and anxiety because maintaining a positive attitude can lower the amounts of the stress hormone known as cortisol. High cortisol levels may also play a role in the development of diabetes and dementia and heighten the risk of obesity in certain people.
Social isolation, which is especially common among seniors who no longer have close family or friends in their lives, can lead to higher levels of stress hormones and raise the risk of hypertension, diabetes, insomnia, and clinical depression. To prevent your senior loved one from becoming socially isolated, schedule frequent outings and invite family and friends over to visit. Going out for dinner every so often also promotes social engagement and gives your loved one something to look forward to. Communicating with family and friends is especially important for seniors who have lost spouses or experienced other traumatic life events.
Families who find it difficult to care for their aging loved ones without assistance can benefit greatly from professional respite care. El Dorado County, CA, family caregivers who need a break from their caregiving duties can turn to Home Care Assistance. Using our proprietary Balanced Care Method, our respite caregivers can encourage your loved one to eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of mental and social stimulation, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity.
When seniors have regular checkups, their doctors and dentists can diagnose and treat health problems before they escalate into something more serious. Checkups also allow healthcare providers to monitor chronic medical and dental disorders, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, renal disease, gingivitis, high cholesterol, and chronic pain so subtle changes can be recognized and treated quickly. Also, regular medical and dental checkups allow healthcare providers to talk to aging adults about positive lifestyle changes they can make to further promote healthy, happy aging. Positive lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, getting more restorative sleep, exercising more, consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinking more water to prevent dehydration. Getting a yearly influenza vaccine is another important component of a preventive healthcare plan, as are frequent handwashing and wearing proper-fitting shoes to prevent injuries caused by falling.
If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of at-home care. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.
Volunteering and giving back to the community can make seniors happy and give them a positive outlook on life. Aging adults who participate in community activities are thought to feel less depressed and anxious. Encourage your loved one to organize a community event, volunteer at an animal shelter or hospital, or help with an event at a local senior center.
Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional elder care. El Dorado County, CA, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. Trust Home Care Assistance to provide high-quality compassionate, professional care for your loved one. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411.