September is Healthy Aging Month!!
Make this month the time to get healthy. Schedule
your annual physical and other health screenings. Go to these appointments and then, hopefully, you can stop worrying about ailments for a while.
Solutions to Seniors Biggest Health Concerns
It’s frightening to think about the devastating effects of memory loss. Some memory loss may be a natural part of aging. Now is the time to reverse that trend and challenge your brain. Try some activities that make you think. Go to a museum once a month. Learn words in a new language. Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle. Get a younger person to show you how to play the latest video games. Believe it or not, cardiovascular exercise, like walking, will improve memory and brain function.
Loss of Mobility
This includes inability to drive, accomplish daily tasks and manage one’s own self-care. That may mean a greater reliance on loved ones to help out. This fear can be alleviated somewhat by hiring a home care agency, like AW Health Care, to help manage daily living. AW can help with meal prep, shopping, doctor appointments and personal care.
A broken hip, or any broken bone, can cause special problems for older adults. A longer recovery time leads to muscle weakness and balance problems and can severely disable people from normal activity. To solve this, get the right therapy after an injury that will help build strength and balance. Call AW Health Care. AW has therapists that specialize in physical and occupational therapy to help an older patient recover and restore independence.
A sedentary lifestyle is often an unhappy result of aging. Lack of activity can lead to weight gain, heart problems and diabetes. In Older adults often become more isolated too. They drive less and don’t get out as much. Try to make it a point every day to spend some social time with others. Join a group with common interests like a yoga class or walking club. Learn something new. Help others. The physical activity and social interaction will greatly benefit to your physical and mental health.
Worry & Stress
Older adults deal with many life changes. Loss of spouse or friends, retirement, and health changes all bring about worry and stress. What can be done to ease worry? It sounds simple, but experts recommend eating well-balanced meals, limiting alcohol and caffeine, and getting some exercise and regular sleep. Talk to someone about what worries you. You may want to seek out a professional, or simply a family member or friend to confide in. Take a time-out for yourself. Get a massage. Listen to music. Watch a movie. Take up a hobby. And, don’t forget to count your blessings!
Flu Season is Upon Us!
Don’t put off getting a flu shot. Flu season begins in October. Getting a flu shot early will best protect you throughout the season. The flu is very contagious and can result in some very unhealthy complications and possible hospitalizations especially for older adults.