Ageing is a natural process. Seniors who take care of their health as they age often enjoy higher levels of energy and a higher quality of life.
September is Healthy Aging Health. This month, seniors and their caregivers should focus on embracing the ageing process through healthy habits so they can enjoy a better quality of life.
Top Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Aging
Accepting the ageing process can help seniors stay healthy. Seniors will need to adapt their lifestyle to changing energy levels, limitations, and challenges.
Here are tips to help seniors ease the ageing process:
- Include activities they love in their everyday routine
- Help them get involved in meaningful, regular activities with friends
- Schedule doctor appointments at regular intervals
- Find a way to get them moving every day to keep their body healthy
- Add more fibre to their diet
Positivity is Key
Studies show that staying positive makes a difference as seniors age. (psychologytoday.com) Seniors may become less frail and may even be less likely to suffer from dementia if they maintain a positive outlook.
Help seniors stay positive by:
- Helping them remember what matters
- Continually focusing on hope in conversations
- Participate in things that are fun together
Mental, Emotional, and Physical Tips for Healthy Aging
There’s more to ageing than just stiff joints or being at higher risk of certain diseases. Ageing affects not only the body but also mental and emotional health.
Mental Health Tips
- Stimulate the mind with crosswords, puzzles, and other brain challenges
- Help seniors with continuous learning—learn something new on a regular basis
- Engage in conversations often
- Talk to their doctor if trouble with memory occurs
Emotional Health Tips
- Ensure seniors are getting adequate sleep
- Encourage meditation to help de-stress
- Assist in faith-building or fellowship activities
Physical Health Tips
- Help find senior fitness classes
- Assist in stretching activities
- Offer to go on walks or sit outdoors
- Monitor nutritional intake by suggesting fresh, healthy foods
- Ensure doctor visits are regularly happening
Tests Seniors Should Have
It’s important to look out for increased risk of health problems as seniors age. Seniors should consider having these important tests conducted. (healthline.com)
- Blood pressure check
- Blood test for lipid level
- Eye exam
- Periodontal exam
- Hearing exam
- Bone density test
- Vitamin D test
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level screening
- Skin exam
- Diabetes test
- Mammogram (women)
- Pap smear (women)
- Prostate cancer screening (men)
Home Care Tip
If seniors associate ageing with poor health, remind them that the two are not the same. Focus on all the abilities seniors still have. Frame health as an opportunity instead of a chore.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.