It’s easy to procrastinate. Ignoring aches and pains because you feel like you don’t have the time to get it checked out or you’re just in denial that the symptoms mean anything could have serious consequences later. Taking care of minor problems at the beginning could prevent a permanent injury or serious illness from setting in.
As well as seeking treatment early, there are also things that we can do to prevent problems from occurring. As elderly care providers, this could include making sure the home is safe for our aging loved one and encouraging them to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
It makes sense that no one wants to call a health professional every time there is a minor health situation that may readily be solved on its own. We must pay attention to aches and pains that are unusual or chronic.
Some healthy ways to practice prevention of major health problems
- Remain as mobile as possible for as long as possible
- Regular exercise including walking
- Eating a healthy meal including a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables
- Engaging in positive and happy social activities with friends and loved ones
- Exercising the brain with engaging brain activities and brain games
- Listening to some classical music while doing something else
- Taking time for quiet meditation
- Keeping stress levels as low as possible using effective stress outlets
- Make routines for exercising, strength building
- Keep walking areas of the home clear and free of clutter
- Drink adequate amounts of water daily
- Eat plenty of fiber and fruit to keep bowels healthy
- Practice balance exercises to keep your balance sharp as you age. Ask your doctor or health professional, or look online
- Practice flexibility, like yoga
- Talk to a good friend who knows how to listen and doesn’t judge you, so that you have a good listening ear to tell your troubles to and clear your mind
- Get a good sleep every night and get an adequate amount of sleep. If you are not sleeping well, find out why and correct the problem
- Keep your weight at a healthy level
- Take care of your nails and feet
- Set up some reminders if you are notorious at forgetting to take medications. Reminders can also be used for keeping doctor’s and dental appointments.
Prevention is always easier and more fun with a buddy. See if you can find a friend who wants to go walking with you daily, or who wants to go to an exercise class with you. You can remind each other to eat healthy, and have some friendly challenges going on to keep you on track and make it fun.
If you or an aging loved one needs home care services in the Madison, CT area remember there is “No Place Like Home-Care”. Call us at 203-483-7764 for more information.