Apr 4, 2017 by Lisa Carson RN, BSN
There are many things that happen to our bodies as we age. Sadly, most of these changes are not welcome or desired. Thankfully, there are things that can be done to increase one's chances of aging gracefully. Let's look at a few healthy aging tips and ways at home senior care can help.
One of the best ways to age well is to follow the acronym BRACES.
Brain Games. Even the healthiest brains lose some of their processing power as the years pass. To fight for your memory and cognitive prowess, brain games can help fight off memory loss, brain fog, and age-related cognitive decline. Common brain games include crossword puzzles, Sudoku, word finds, mazes, and the like.
Relationships. Seniors with several healthy social relationships are significantly less likely to develop depression and other mental health problems than those who spend less time being social. Research suggests that a wide variety of positive social supports improve psychological, emotional, and physical wellness. For seniors who have trouble getting out and about, Comfort Keepers at home senior care includes a local transportation option that can keep seniors active in their social circles.
Active Living. Frequent exercise has been linked to improved physical and mental health. Seniors who engage in regular physical activity have significantly fewer instances of heart disease, diabetes, depression, strokes, osteoporosis, and even arthritis. The secret is finding something enjoyable and doing it for at least 40 minutes three to five times each week. For seniors who want to exercise more but are afraid of falling or getting hurt, at home senior care can provide the physical, emotional, and social support they need.
Calming Techniques. Stress has been linked to a vast number of health disorders ranging from depression to heart disease. Finding calming techniques that work may take time, but once one is found it can be repeated at will. Common techniques include deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi.
Eating Right. It has often been said that "You are what you eat", and this adage is not entirely without merit. Seniors who eat healthy foods are far more likely to maintain a healthy weight and avoid health problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. A healthy diet also improves skin, teeth, hair, energy, and a person's overall sense of well-being. Seniors who want to eat well but can no longer cook their own meals may find Comfort Keepers senior care support to be of great value.
Sleep. The idea that seniors need less sleep than they did in younger years is largely untrue. Some seniors may only need 7 or 7 ½ hours of sleep a night, but most will still find that eight hours will keep them fully refreshed. For those who are having trouble getting an uninterrupted night's sleep, a sleep study may be in order. Common culprits include sleep apnea, urinary incontinence, and medication side effects.
In short, there may be challenges that come with age, but with a few precautions, some good choices, and Comfort Keepers at home senior care support, seniors can keep their golden years golden.
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