Staying active, both physically and socially, is a key component to healthy aging. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors of all ages can benefit from regular physical activity. Even better, that physical activity doesn’t need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits.
As you move into your senior years, you may find yourself completely clueless about senior health care. In fact, there is an entire industry dedicated to offering aging adults health care services that aim to keep them as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Options are plentiful, but that also can mean that confusion abounds as well.
As much as summer can be a time of easy living, there’s more than swimming and sunbathing involved when you’re a senior and the sun is beating relentlessly down. The fact is, older adults are more at risk forhyperthermia than younger folks, so, to keep healthy and well, you need to know the dangers of too much heat and be willing to take a few precautions this summer.
Annual visits to your geriatrician or primary care doctor are an important part of keeping you healthy well into your senior years. However, if you are otherwise relatively healthy, you may find yourself with nothing to talk about during your time on the doctor’s table. Or, you may have many questions but are met with a busy doctor who answers quickly and seems rushed. Either way, you can get more out of your senior health care visits by following just a few of our tips.
When it comes to the senior in your life, never underestimate the importance of water to their health. Dehydration is one of the top 10 most frequent diagnoses responsible for hospitalization, a condition that can have serious, even life-threatening consequences. For instance, dehydration has been associated with increased mortality rates among hospitalized older adults and can precipitate emergency hospitalization and increase the risk of repeated hospital visits, according to the Hydration for Health Initiative.
There’s no denying water’s importance to the human body. It flushes toxins out of organs, carries nutrients to cells, hydrates blood and tissues, lubricates joints and regulates temperature. When someone takes in less water than the amount they lose through urination, perspiration or respiration, they become dehydrated. This might not be a big deal in a young person, but a senior who develops dehydration could potentially end up with a host of health problems, such as urinary tract infections, kidney stones, a compromised immune system or digestive problems.
While primary care physicians and other general practitioners are well-loved members of your medical team, it is wise to choose a doctor with a senior speciality as you begin to age past 55. Geriatricians, or doctors who specialize in senior care and issues, are an important part of healthy aging. These doctors see only aging adults and have an acute understanding of the aging process and conditions that may arise. Geriatricians can recognize medication complications and are aware of preventative care screenings and recommendations for aging adults; more so, typically, than a primary care doctor.
Choosing a Geriatrician to guide you through your senior years is a good decision. However, how can you choose one that is right for you? Here are a few things to consider when starting your decision process.
Despite the USA being such a wealthy country, malnutrition is a fact of life for some seniors, who may be on medications that cause nausea or lack of appetite, or have conditions that impact their ability to eat certain foods. Providing a nutrient-rich diet is actually one of the key ways to boost the health and well-being of an older adult. Seniors who eat healthy diets can lower high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss and anemia. Making sure that seniors eat well can be a bit of a tricky business though, as they generally need fewer calories than younger adults but the same amount of nutrients, if not more.
When it comes to senior health, reducing the risk of falling is a serious business. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults, with more than half of fall injuries among seniors occurring inside their home. Along with exercise (which can greatly improve balance), one of the most effective fall prevention strategies you can make is to “fall-proof” your house. Read on to discover seven simple ways you can decrease your chances of taking a tumble inside your home and prevent falls.