What is healthy aging?
How can older adults stay healthy?
What are the best tips for staying active?
These are some of the questions people ask about helping seniors stay as healthy as they can. A lot of times, elderly individuals feel “it’s too late to start a healthy lifestyle now.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. There is scientific evidence to prove that a good diet and the right kind of exercise can significantly improve an elderly person's general well being, physical, and mental condition. In some cases, diet and exercise have been known to reverse certain ailments and promote healing and recovery. Seniors can strive to be the best than they can be. We also recognize the importance of starting a healthy lifestyle while we are still young, and that’s why many of the tips you'll find here discuss ways we can prolong our state of health by starting good practices sooner than later.
Ok, so you recognize that a healthy lifestyle for seniors' is an important part of the healthy aging process! Now, your challenge is how to get mom and dad to comply, because they are “set in their ways”. How do you tell your elderly mother that frying chicken in lard is not the healthiest thing to do? May not be easy if she’s been doing so for over 70 years.
Most aging parent resists so called healthy living ideas because:
Honestly, it hit me like a ton of bricks each time I couldn't get my mom to do the few things that I knew would benefit her. It was challenging to get her to even do things she admittedly knew would help her. Sound familiar?
I invite you to keep reading and you'll find here, some helpful tips that can help you keep your aging parent as spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy as they can be. These pages are intended to help you keep seniors as healthy as possible. We have personally researched and compiled these tried and true senior health tips which we have applied to our own parent circumstances as well as shared with clients, family and friends who support aging parents. Some of these tips may not apply to your situation, but many will. If you have any suggestions which have worked for you, please share it with us! If you can't find a solution here, I suggest emailing us and we'll help you find a way.
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January is Hot Tea Month, which is fitting because Canadians consume almost 10 million cup of tea each year. Considering the frigid winters that Canada can experience, it is no surprise that so much tea is consumed. Teas not only taste great, but they are beverages that are good for you. They contain bioactive compounds called flavonoids which have been known to possess many health properties.Add a comment
Sometimes underserved by mental health professionals, older adults are at risk for depression, and unfortunately, have high rates of suicide. Many seniors living with depression are resistant to seeking treatment, and some think that they will become a burden on their families if they admit to these feelings and seek help. Some seniors further equate the feelings of depression to weakness. It’s important to know that there are health care professional that actually specialize in treating mental health conditions in seniors, including such conditions as depression and anxiety.Add a comment
There was a time when a fractured hip signaled “the beginning of the end” for senior citizens. A healthy, ambulatory senior might fall and break a hip, and the resulting hospitalization and lack of mobility would begin a domino effect of related health issues. Even today, hip surgery is a serious thing, and only with care and determination will a full recovery after surgery take place.Add a comment
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