Tips for Healthy Aging
By Cheri Platte, Managing Director, Circle of Care Home Care
We all want to age gracefully and not have to deal with the negatives associated with aging. Staying healthy and active at an older age is possible if you focus on the right areas and implement the right lifestyle choices. You can do this at any age, even if you are already a senior. The most important thing is that you make a choice to be healthier.
Here are our tips for healthy aging.
As you age, your body will naturally slow down, but this does not mean that you should stop being physically active. There are so many benefits to exercise including improving balance, improving your mood, keeping you mobile, and even better cognitive functioning.
Not everyone will enjoy doing hours of exercise a day; any exercise is better than no exercise, so do what you enjoy. If you need a little more guidance, the CDC has some guidelines to being an active older adult.
Surround Yourself with Community
Humans are social creatures, and that is why having a community of people around you can be so important. People support you and take care of you when you need it the most. People who have strong relationships with others are happier, more positive, and are even more physically active.
If you do not have a close group of friends, then it is time you start building your circle. You can do this by joining volunteer organizations, clubs, churches, or just reconnecting with old friends.
We are what we eat so whatever goes into your body will show eventually catch up to us. We need to keep our bodies nourished with the right foods in order for it to function at its best. This is true regardless of your age.
As we get older, we need to be more aware of what we are putting into our bodies and make sure that we are eating a balanced diet. Fruit, vegetables, and whole grains are all important factors to eating healthy as a senior.
Visit Your Doctor Regularly
Going in for regular checkups is very important for healthy aging. Doctors can pick up things that early before they become serious. This means that we can get the right treatment and advise accordingly, should anything be wrong.
You should schedule yearly checkups with your general doctor, optometrist, dentist, and any specialists you are seeing. If you have any chronic issues that are being treated, you may need more regular doctor visits.
Home Care for Aging Health Concerns
As we get older, it begins to get more difficult to do the things we want without some assistance. Nobody wants to spend their golden years in an uncomfortable environment that doesn’t feel like home. This is why many people choose to age in place. It means staying in your home as you get older and getting any extra help you may need come to you. Aging in place with home care assistance is a great way to sustain a persons quality of life.
Determine What Sorts of Future Care You Might Need
If you have any pre-existing conditions, ask your health care provider about future problems that might arise from that condition. Ask family members if there is any history of hereditary illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease. Consider the long term effects of arthritis and other limiting conditions. Having the right information can help you plan ahead so that you can continue to live a happy independent life. For instance, will mobility assistance or transportation be required? What about doing day-to-day activities, cooking, cleaning or meal preparation? There are many home care solutions that can be tailored to each persons specific needs so they can continue living independently and in the comfort of their own home.
Advantages of Home Care
Personalized home care is definitely the best kind of care suited for an elderly person. Being cared for in a familiar and comfortable space supports independent living which most elderly people prefer. It also provides a much healthier atmosphere for a persons physically, mental and emotional well-being.
Home care and home health services give an elderly person a way to live a dignified life while still receiving the care they need. Since it can be specifically tailored to the person’s needs, it is also more cost effective since you only pay for what you need.
Aging in place is possible for many people even when they have special needs or treating a specific health problem. Circle of Care offers care for various types of situations including in-home caregiving, home health. For chronic care, Circle of Care also provides palliative care, and hospice.
Regardless of your situation, we can find a solution that will best fit your needs. Contact Circle of Care for a free consultation. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions and direct you in the right direction.
CIRCLE OF CARE, LLC
Cheri Platte is a home care expert and a professional consultant for family caregivers. She has been a compassionate advocate for the elderly for over 20 years now. As the Managing Director for Circle of Care, she focuses on providing excellent and high-quality home care solutions for families who care for their loved ones.
Her mission is to educate the public on the benefits of home care and home health, assist families in developing individual care plans, and help them plan for the advanced stages of aging, emphasizing on what matters most in terms of quality of life for the loved one. The company culture enables Circle of Care to hire and retain hundreds of professional care team members who are skilled and compassionate and produces a word-of-mouth referral network in the Southern California communities they serve. They are trusted by families, doctors, nurses, social workers, hospitals, nursing homes, senior communities, Long Term Care Specialists and other esteemed members of the healthcare industry. When not helping families in need, Cheri spends time mentoring other business owners and rising professionals plus volunteering at various organizations.