The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends. But even though it is the season to be jolly, this particular time can be difficult on elderly people’s health, as schedules might be disrupted for trips, shopping, and rich and decadent feasts. This can mean disrupted medication and sleep schedules and can make it harder for them to stick to a healthy diet. Large gatherings can also be the source of infections, and this doesn’t bode well for their immune system as well. Here are some tips for our senior loved ones to stay healthy during the holiday season.
Anti-hypertensives, anti-hyperglycemic agents, medications for increased blood cholesterol, pain relievers… There are many diseases that age predisposes to. As such, it is no surprise that elderly people, especially those with chronic illnesses, have a lot of maintenance medications. This can have a number of possible negative consequences. Managing medications may be daunting, but effective management is key to you and your loved one’s independence and quality of life.
Age-related changes in the eye can be inconvenient or can result in vision loss. Because prevention is always better than cure, it is important that you are aware of these conditions and that you consult your eye doctor at the first instance of eye trouble. Regular eye exams should also be completed to maximize early detection of these conditions.
Have you noticed that your elderly loved one keeps asking you to repeat what others say, turning up the volume of the radio or television, recognizing sounds in the background (such as birds chirping or doorbells), and speaks more loudly than necessary? If you have, then your loved one may be having hearing loss.
Exercise may seem daunting at first, especially if you haven’t had an active lifestyle. Also, age can make physical activities difficult. However, exercise has many health benefits for mind and body. You need not have a gym membership or fancy equipment to start an exercise regimen. You need only yourself and your motivation to bust some moves! Whether at home or outdoors, here are some exercises you can start with.