Sep 14, 2017 by Jorge Preciado
One of the most important first steps to living a healthier lifestyle is making the commitment. Once a person has decided to seriously commit, the rest just falls into place. September is Healthy Aging Month, so we have decided to take a look at how in home supportive services can help seniors make healthier choices and live independently for longer.
Each older adult should set aside at least 30 minutes each day for light exercise. With help from in home supportive services, every senior can get active despite any and all age-related challenges they may be facing. All exercise is good and recommended activities for seniors include walking, gardening and even taking a water aerobics class at the local gym.
Some seniors experience a number of hurdles when it comes to physical ability that prevent them from eating a healthy diet. With in home supportive services, seniors can start eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, as a caregiver can assist them in grocery shopping and meal preparation.
A Good Night’s Sleep
At least eight hours of sleep each night are of paramount significance for people over the age of 65. Sleep is a critical aspect proper bodily function and people can not function at optimal capacity without it. Caregivers can help seniors kick unhealthy habits and improve their nighttime rituals.
Stress is unfortunately present in most of our lives. The horrible thing about stress is that besides leaving us in a sour mood, it can have a negative impact on our overall physical and mental well being. There are a number of ways seniors can work on fighting stress and what ends up working for some will not work for all. It is all dependent on preferences. It is important to find something one enjoys doing and find time to do it.
Staying active and engaged with the community and with friends and loved ones helps seniors feel better and gain a better understanding of their role in the world that surrounds them. Seniors who are no longer working may be having trouble finding opportunities to socialize, but there are plenty of opportunities for doing so. Joining a church, taking classes and getting involved in a local community center may be good places to start.
Consider In Home Supportive Services
In home supportive services can help seniors feel safe and live better. This is because caregivers are there to help with anything a senior may be having trouble taking care of on their own. This helps reduce stress levels and focus on things that are most important to them.