“Good Habits” Negatively Impacting Senior Health

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Unhealthy Habits for Seniors

It seems like every day there’s a new study on what’s good for our health and what isn’t. And often, we begin habits we think are good for us that turn out to contribute to other health problems. As a leading provider of home care in El Dorado Hills, Home Care Assistance shines a light on the following “good” habits that could have a negative effect on senior health and wellness.

Eating Low-Fat & Prepackaged Health Food
Foods labeled low fat or fat-free often have more sugar, salt, and chemicals added to make them taste better. Prepared frozen “healthy” meal options often have high sodium content and they may not be sufficiently filling, so your loved one ends up snacking on unhealthy options or eating two full meals. If your loved one relies on prepackaged food because cooking has become challenging, hourly care in El Dorado Hills can provide your loved one the support needed to maintain a healthy diet.

Taking Vitamins and Supplements
Most seniors take a variety of vitamins and supplements, but taking too much of certain vitamins, like B6, iron, and magnesium, can actually lead to serious health consequences in older woman, and too much vitamin E can lead to a greater risk of prostate cancer in older men. Although some seniors need to take supplements to round out their health, following a nutritious diet full of fruits and vegetables will supply your loved one all the necessary nutrients.

Using Hand Sanitizers
Hand sanitizers kill germs without allowing the immune system to build up a necessary tolerance. When overexposed to antibiotics and sanitizers, some bacteria die while others multiply and become resistant. These bacteria can take over and cause infections that are more difficult to treat because of the resistance.

Exercising to Exhaustion
Exercise is important to a healthy lifestyle, but consistently exercising beyond personal endurance is not necessary and may increase the risk of injury while compromising the immune system. Exercising in moderation is especially important for seniors as the immune system naturally weakens with age.

Avoiding Sunlight
Many seniors avoid the sun altogether to decrease cancer risks, but sunshine offers health benefits like vitamin D production and mood enhancement. A healthier habit would be limiting the time in the sun and using a good sunscreen.

To learn more about senior health and wellness, reach out to Home Care Assistance of El Dorado Hills. In addition to hourly and live-in care, we are a trusted provider of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care in El Dorado Hills, CA. Call our office at (916) 358-3801 and schedule a free consultation with a friendly Care Manager today.


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