As the New Year begins, people are looking for ways to make it a healthy and happy one, including the elderly. There are multiple ways you can help your loved one recommit to their health this year.
Starting with the basics, seniors should visit their doctor at least once a year. If there is a history of disease in the family or he or she is taking a medication regularly, visits to the doctor may need to occur more often. It's recommended that people aged between 65 and 70 receive a physical exam each year, while those between 70 and 80 should visit every six months. It's also suggested that those over 80 visit a doctor every three months.
As our loved ones age, the amount of calories they need to intake declines, which could result in a lack of nutrition if they aren't mindful about what they eat. Some of the most commonly missing nutrients from a senior's diet are the following: vitamin B12, folic acid, calcium, vitamin D, omega-3 fats, potassium, magnesium and fiber. If this is a problem for a senior you know, sit down with him or her and create a meal and vitamin plan that will help cover all those nutritional holes.
As we age, it's important to continue to exercise to maintain both our physical and mental strength. For older adults, exercise helps reduce the impact of illness or disease, increase motility, flexibility and balance, improve sleep and boost moods. If your loved one would like to focus more on exercise this year, he or she should first check with a doctor. It's important to create an exercise plan that's tailored to your loved one's needs and health concerns. Cardio, strength training, flexibility and balance are the four areas of exercise seniors should strive to focus on.
Following some of the suggestions above can help a senior in your life develop better habits for maintaining their health. From Home By Choice, we hope this helps your loved one have a successful new year!