How to care for the health of elderly family members
Appointments with a doctor, dentist or chiropractor, hearing and eyesight checks; the list goes on. Keeping healthy in old age is important whether it be for regular well-being and lifestyle care or for chronic illnesses and serious health issues.
People who had good health habits when they were younger tend to stay relatively healthy. But it is never too late. Good health habits can make a difference even to elderly people who are prone to illness or have not made their health a priority in the past.
To help you navigate their health care needs, we’ve put together our top tips for keeping healthy in old age.
Keeping our aged family members healthy and safe is on top of the to-do list for many of us and preparing a healthy, nutritional diet for them can sometimes be challenging. To keep the elderly in your family healthy, you should ensure that they also get the right amount of exercise; that’s where Sapphire Spas can help. The safe and supportive environment of buoyant, warm water is one of the best ways to encourage and protect the elderly from injury whilst exercising. It also puts some fun back into it too and the whole family can join in.
A Healthy Lifestyle for Senior Citizens
Besides nutrition, there are many other components of a healthy lifestyle that you need to factor in when looking for a happy and healthy life for the elderly members of your family.
For example, mental health is as important as physical health and for people over the age of 60 years, you need to ensure they get a certain level of mental activity to keep their grey cells working. You can craft a few simple yet challenging games for them or even engage them in board games that can stimulate their cognitive functioning.
Research shows that mental stimulation helps to ward off a decline in mental health. Crossword puzzles, quizzes on the TV, books and radio plays and discussions, are just a few of the ways you can encourage them to stay mentally active and engaged with the world.
A swim spa is the perfect way for grandchildren to interact with the elderly. Grandparents will be safe and comfortable, supported in the seated areas of the spa, while the kids splash and play to show off their swim strokes and handstands. Kickboards can be shared and balloons filled with water against the swim jets are a playful way for multiple generations to interact.
For senior citizens to maintain a healthy body and a decent level of physical fitness for general mobility purposes, it is essential that they regulate both their weight and metabolism. Starting them on a protein diet chart or diet plan customised according to their individual health needs can help them in muscle regeneration as well as reduce unwanted fat in their bodies.
Again a spa or swim spa can assist in this area. The warm water of a spa is a safe, supportive aid to relieving the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Your body becomes almost weightless as it’s submerged in water, helping to ease discomfort caused by stiff joints, keep them moving, increase their range of motion and maintain muscle strength.
Exercise not only increases energy but improves memory and alleviates depression. Short strolls, long walks or a safe exercise programme, can keep elderly people healthier longer. Even better, find an exercise class or a local walking group. It’s so much easier to keep motivated in the company of other people.
Some ideas to keep healthy could be
- walking the dog
- days out with friends
- exercise classes
- set up a simple home gym
- swimming (either at the beach, local pool or in your own swim spa)