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Habits Every Senior Should Have

As we head into the last quarter of 2018, the new year is not too far away, so it’s a great time to start thinking about putting some new habits in place. Here are several ideas for consideration:

 

Think Prevention – Be proactive by getting regular checkups and annual screenings. Even when you feel fine, a visit to your healthcare provider on a regular basis can help avoid problems in the future.

 

Be Social – Enjoying time with others can help your mental and physical well-being. Many studies have proven that being involved in a community can help boost health and happiness later in life.

 

Stay Sharp – Engaging in activities that stimulate the brain can help ward off mental decline. Doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, playing bingo and board games, drawing and painting, or using a computer are all things that you can do to keep your brain active.

 

Get Physical – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that seniors get regular exercise to help improve balance and flexibility.  NIH also states that physical activity is good for the heart and can potentially prevent or delay diseases such as dementia.

 

Manage Medicines – As people age, they often find themselves having to take more medications. Taking the correct dosage and at the proper time of day is vitally important. Not doing so can be life threatening. Make sure that you manage your medications properly or get assistance from someone who can.

 

If you think you might need help to implement some of these ideas, ask a family member or friend or a caregiver if you plan to hire a home care agency. Caregivers can help make appointments and provide transportation. They can go for walks with you, help you with strength training exercises that your doctor may have prescribed or take you to and from local exercise classes where you can also enjoy time with others. Caregivers can help you find events or activities that might interest you and most importantly, remind you to take your medications. With a little help from a friend, it’s easy to get into a new habit!

 

Call AVID Home Care Services today (321) 392-3400 we are happy to answer any of your questions.

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