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Essential Health Tips For Seniors

 

10 Essential Health Tips For Seniors

 

  1. Quit smoking.Take this critical step to improve your health and combat aging. Smoking kills by causing cancer, strokes and heart failure. Smoking leads to erectile dysfunction in men due to atherosclerosis and to excessive wrinkling by attacking skin elasticity. Many resources are available to help you quit.
  2. Keep active.Do something to keep fit each day do something you enjoy that maintains strength, balance and flexibility and promotes cardiovascular health. Physical activity helps you stay at a healthy weight, prevent or control illness, sleep better, reduce stress, avoid falls and look and feel better, too.
  3. Eat well.Combined with physical activity, eating nutritious foods in the right amounts can help keep you healthy. Many illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, can be prevented or controlled with dietary changes and exercise. Calcium and vitamin D supplements can help women prevent osteoporosis.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Use the Kaiser Permanente BMI (body mass index) calculator to find out what you should weigh for your height. Get to your healthy weight and stay there by eating right and keeping active. Replace sugary drinks with water, water is calorie free!
  5. Prevent falls. We become vulnerable to falls as we age. Prevent falls and injury by removing loose carpet or throw rugs. Keep paths clear of electrical cords and clutter, and use night-lights in hallways and bathrooms. Did you know that people who walk barefoot fall more frequently? Wear shoes with good support to reduce the risk of falling.
  6. Stay up-to-date on immunizations and other health screenings. By age 50, women should begin mammography screening for breast cancer. Men can be checked for prostate cancer. Many preventive screenings are available.. Use these visits to discuss which preventative screenings and vaccinations are due.
  7. Prevent skin cancer. As we age, our skin grows thinner; it becomes drier and less elastic. Wrinkles appear, and cuts and bruises take longer to heal. Be sure to protect your skin from the sun. Too much sun and ultraviolet rays can cause skin cancer.
  8. Get regular dental, vision and hearing checkups. Your teeth and gums will last a lifetime if you care for them properly that means daily brushing and flossing and getting regular dental checkups. By age 50, most people notice changes to their vision, including a gradual decline in the ability to see small print or focus on close objects. Common eye problems that can impair vision include cataracts and glaucoma. Hearing loss occurs commonly with aging, often due to exposure to loud noise.
  9. Manage stress. Try exercise or relaxation techniques perhaps meditation or yoga as a means of coping. Make time for friends and social contacts and fun. Successful coping can affect our health and how we feel. Learn the role of positive thinking.
  10. Fan the flame. When it comes to sexual intimacy and aging, age is no reason to limit your sexual enjoyment. Learn about physical changes that come with aging and get suggestions to help you adjust to them, if necessary.




    7 life hacks for seniors that make everyday life easier.


    1. Reach items in the back of the refrigerator
      It can be tough for older adults to reach items in the back of the refrigerator.
      To make it easier, add a lazy Susan (turntable) on top of a shelf so they can rotate it to bring what they need to the front.

       

      2. Add raised dot stickers to key phone and remote-control buttons
      For seniors with macular degeneration or other common eye diseases, add raised button stickers to certain phone buttons and TV remote control buttons to help them know which they need to press.

      For example, Barbara has macular degeneration so she added bumps to the “Answer,” “2,” and “8” buttons on her phone to make it easier to use.

      The same could be done for a TV remote control, adding bumps to the “On/Off” and volume buttons make them easier to find.

       

      3. Round out sharp furniture corners to prevent injury
      Counters, coffee tables, or nightstands with sharp corners could be an injury waiting to happen.

      Soften those corners by adding stick-on corner guards or mouldable putty that dries into rubber.

       

      4. Use rubber bands to make cups easier to grip
      Simple rubber bands can be wrapped around cups and mugs to make them easier for weak, shaky, or arthritic hands to grip.

      This trick could work for thinner objects like toothbrushes or pens – though foam grips that enlarge the handle may be more comfortable.

       

      5. Keep the straw in place while drinking
      If you notice your older adult chasing the straw around their cup when they’re drinking, tape the straw to a clothes pin and clip it to the glass.
      This keeps the straw in place when the cup moves.

       

      6. Prevent soap from falling to the shower floor
      Soap is notoriously slippery when wet and could easily slip out of your older adult’s hands and fall to the tub or shower floor.
      This is a dangerous falling hazard as well as inconvenient.
      To stop this from happening, get a pair of old pantyhose and cut it at the top of one leg. Put the bar of soap into the foot and tie the top end of the leg to the shower head or a handy grab bar.

       

      7. Organize medications
      It’s often easiest to organize medications with simple, low tech tricks.

      Despite the many medication tracking apps available, many find that a simple calendar stuck to the refrigerator or a printed spreadsheet / log are simple and accurate ways to track when medicine is taken.

      Pill organizers (like these) make sure the correct pills are taken at the right times of day and inexpensive plastic bins or shoe boxes keep medicine bottles organized.

       

       

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