Aging comes with many changes, but do you know what to expect? If you do, you could avoid many common senior related issues which can lead to premature aging, more serious health conditions, depression, or even problems for your loved ones. Every senior will have unique needs, but here are a few of the most common and important changes that need to be made by seniors and family members as they age.
Start New Eating Habits
This is one place where what you don’t know can and will hurt you. After 60, your body will have difficulty processing vitamins like it did before and you have to change your diet. Eating right, reducing soda and caffeine and taking a daily vitamin can help you to avoid conditions ranging from heart disease to osteoporosis and depression. Vitamin D and B, B6, B12 folic acid and Vitamin K are particularly important to our bodies as we age.
Start Drinking Water
Your sense of thirst becomes much less sensitive after 65. Water helps keep our bodily systems working properly and clears out toxins.If you are a senior, many of the aches and much of the exhaustion you feel could be a simple case of dehydration. Men should be drinking about 3 liters (13 cups) and women should have about 2.2 liters (9 cups) every day. There’s no cost and the benefits can make a very real difference in how you feel.
As we age, our vision decreases and it can hurt more to reach things or bend over. For many seniors, this slowly leads to more and more clutter filling their space. Not only can this cause stress, it can also lead to serious, long-term problems if they have an accident because of a messy area. Having family or friends help keep spaces clear of clutter in the senior’s home or during a visit is an easy step to improve safety.
Start Getting Help from Loved Ones
There are many tasks that we can do when we are younger that we cannot do when we are older. It is very important that you talk with your family and get assistance with things that have a risk of taking a fall, hurting your back, lifting anything heavy, or going out in bad weather (especially icy weather). As you come across tasks that you cannot or should not do during the week, write them down and then schedule a regular time once or twice a week for a friend or family member to come over and help you with these tasks.
Start Getting Rides
According to the NHTSA seniors are significantly more likely to be involved in a traffic accident. This does not mean that no senior should drive, but you should take extra care when deciding if it is appropriate. If you have vision problems or even a minor cognitive condition, you should consider getting a ride rather than driving. Not only can either of these conditions greatly increase the risk of having an accident, but also seniors over 70 are typically much more likely to be seriously injured if an accident occurs.
Start Being Active
Seniors who lead more active lives are not only healthier, but they also are much less likely to suffer from depression. If you are a senior and feel too sore or tired to be active, try improving your diet and resting. If that does not help, see your doctor. There are many common conditions that can affect seniors that vitamins and medicine can help. By taking steps to be more active, you can not only feel better, but you can also remain healthier and happier.
Start to See Your Doctor
When you are younger, you can often go a long time without a checkup. Evan as early as your 30’s, you should see your doctor to start early monitoring for conditions that may affect you as you age. If you are a senior, going to your doctor once every sixth months or year as your physician recommends is critical. Early detection can often lead to easier and more complete recoveries if conditions arise and it gives your physician many more treatment options for chronic problems.
Start Getting Professional Care
If your family cannot provide the level of care that you need on a daily basis, then finding professional support is key. The important thing to remember about senior care is that is needs to be available at all times. If you feel that care is or will soon become less than is needed, be sure to get professional help in place. Not only will this take a lot of worry off of the senior and the family, but it can also help the senior to maintain better health for longer.
These steps may seem simple, but they are often overlooked or skipped until it it too late for them to really make a difference. Adopting these lifestyle changes can help make your life as a senior more relaxing and healthier.