No matter how healthy we are, our body changes, and we may have trouble with joint stiffness, balance, mobility, vision, conversing, and completing tasks that we normally do every day. These difficulties are more pronounced with the presence of health problems. In these cases, rehabilitation may be necessary to maintain or improve physical, cognitive, and functional abilities. These can include physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and speech therapy.
Medical appointments can be overwhelming and sometimes, just a bit frightening. Depending on your health, mobility, and independence, medical appointments can require a fair amount of planning—from scheduling, to getting there on time (and likely waiting to be seen), to the actual appointment and thereafter.
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.