A new year is starting. Now is a good time to talk to your parents about changes they can make for their physical and mental wellness. Here are some of the resolutions every senior citizen should make this year.
Get a Health Exam
Your parents should go for a yearly health exam. If they’re not seeing their doctor each year, it’s a good time to get caught up. They need to be screened for common health issues like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. They may need boosters on preventative vaccinations like TDAP or pneumonia.
A health exam is also a good time to talk about changes to expect. Some forgetfulness is normal, but repeating the same questions over and over can be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s. The earlier this disease is caught, the sooner your parents can go on medications that ease the troubling symptoms.
Make Dietary Improvements
Some seniors do not get enough fiber in their diet. Fiber is essential for helping prevent constipation and preventing certain health issues. If they aren’t getting dietary fiber every day, they need to change their diet. Adding whole grains and dried legumes like lentils and beans helps increase fiber intake.
Other nutrients they should investigate are B vitamins, calcium, and antioxidants. They’ll get these if they’re eating a balanced diet with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, and lean proteins and dairy products.
Drink Plenty of Water
How much water does your mom or dad drink each day? They get some water from the foods they eat, but most seniors risk dehydration, urinary tract infections, and constipation by not drinking enough. If needed, purchase a bottle that has water measurements printed on the side. Have your parents use this type of bottle to see if they’re drinking enough each day.
Talk About Senior Care
Aging at home may be the ideal goal, but it’s not worth risking health and safety. If your parents need help with laundry, meals, or transportation, they shouldn’t be embarrassed. Caregivers can help with all of this and more. All your parents need to do is talk to you about the areas of daily living where they struggle.
Once you’ve had a discussion about senior care services. Join your parents to meet with an agency and discuss the next steps. They should look into the services caregivers offer that can help them age at home. Call a senior care agency now.
If you are considering Senior Care in Brewerton, NY, for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Serving Seniors, Inc. We specialize in offering services to the Senior Community in Syracuse and the surrounding area (Clay, Cicero, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Central Square, and others). Call us today! 315-382-4300
Most seniors can live independent lives for quite some time with just minor assistance. Family and friends cannot always be there to help with daily tasks, but Serving Seniors can help fill the need for transportation, errands, housekeeping, and more. Just a few hours a week can enhance your senior’s independence, happiness and overall quality of life.
Joan assists concerned families seeking a trained caregiver who will treat their loved ones with dignity, respect and compassion. Serving Seniors provides the highest level in-home non-medical care and companionship. Families and seniors can be assured of friendly, personalized service from dedicated, compassionate caregivers.
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