People are living much longer, thanks to better medical care, scientific innovation, and advances in the pharmaceutical industry. While people may be living longer, some seniors aren’t enjoying their golden years to the fullest. Fortunately, there are secrets and tips for remaining healthy and happy while aging.
Seniors who have positive attitudes are better able to manage the challenges of aging. Those who have an optimistic outlook on the aging process are thought to be less likely to develop cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, depression, insomnia, and anxiety because maintaining a positive attitude can lower the amounts of the stress hormone known as cortisol. High cortisol levels may also play a role in the development of diabetes and dementia and heighten the risk of obesity in certain people.
Social isolation, which is especially common among seniors who no longer have close family members or friends in their lives, can lead to higher levels of stress hormones and raise the risk of hypertension, diabetes, insomnia, and clinical depression. To prevent your senior loved one from becoming socially isolated, schedule frequent outings and invite family and friends over to visit. Going out for dinner every so often also promotes social engagement and gives your loved one something to look forward to. Communicating with family and friends is especially important for seniors who have lost spouses or experienced other traumatic life events.
For families living in Toronto, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home.
When seniors have regular checkups, their doctors and dentists can diagnose and treat health problems before they escalate to something more serious. Checkups also allow healthcare providers to monitor chronic medical and dental conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, renal disease, gingivitis, high cholesterol, and chronic pain, so subtle changes can be recognized and treated quickly.
Also, regular medical and dental checkups allow healthcare providers to talk to aging adults about positive lifestyle changes they can make to further promote healthy, happy aging. Positive lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, getting more restorative sleep, exercising more, consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinking more water to prevent dehydration. Getting a yearly influenza vaccine is another important component of a preventive healthcare plan, as are washing the hands frequently and wearing properly fitting shoes to prevent injuries caused by falling.
Maintaining a high quality of life can be challenging for some seniors, but professional caregivers can help them attain this goal. Families can trust elder care experts to help their elderly loved ones focus on lifestyle choices that increase the chances of living longer and healthier lives.
Volunteering and giving back to the community can make seniors happy and give them a positive outlook on life. Aging adults who participate in community activities are thought to feel less depressed and anxious. Encourage your loved one to organize a community event, volunteer at an animal shelter or hospital, or help with an event at a local senior centre.
In Toronto, at-home care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy. We will work with you to create a customized home care plan that’s suited for your loved one’s unique needs. Call the Home Care Assistance team at (416) 488-8777 today.