Healthy Aging Tips

September 1, 2019

Aging is a natural and inevitable process. Here at New Frontier Home Care, we see first-hand that seniors who make their health a priority as they age often enjoy higher levels of energy and a higher quality of life!

 

September is Healthy Aging Month. New Frontier Home Care's team of caregivers has put together a list of tips and tests that seniors should consider for healthy aging below.

 

Top Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Aging

One of the most important things both you and your aging loved one can do is accept the aging process and adapt their lifestyle accordingly to energy levels, limitations and challenges. Help ease the aging process with these tips:

  • 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 fiber to their diet

 

Mental, Emotional and Physical Tips for Healthy Aging

There's more to aging than just stiff joints or being at a higher risk for certain diseases. Aging also affects mental and emotional health. Consider these tips:

  • Mental Health Tips

    • Stimulate the mind with crosswords, puzzles and other brain challenge

    • 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 regular

       

Tests Seniors Should Have

It is important to look out for increased risk of health problems as seniors age. Seniors should consider having these important tests conducted:

  • Blood Pressure

  • Blood Test for Lipid Level

  • Colonoscopy

  • Vaccinations

  • Eye Exam

  • Periodontal Exam

  • Hearing Exam

  • Bone Density Test

  • Vitamin D Test

  • Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Level Screening

  • Skin Exam

  • Diabetes Test

  • Mammogram/Pap Smear (female)

  • Prostate Cancer Screening (male)

 

Studies have shown that staying positive makes a big difference as seniors age. They may become less frail and may even be less likely to suffer from dementia by maintaining a positive outlook. New Frontier Home Care encourages you to help them stay positive by reminding them you love them and that their health matters. Focus on hope in your conversations and participate in fun things with your aging loved ones!

 

If you or an aging loved is in need of senior home care services, contact us today for a FREE IN-HOME CONSULTATION:

 

New Frontier Home Care is a family-owned non-medical in-home senior care agency. We have been serving the Greater Houston area since 2011. Our number one priority is to give our senior community the confidence & assistance needed to age safely in the comfort of their own home!

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