Tips to Stay Healthy and Safe as You Grow Older

Getting older doesn’t have to mean your health and well-being will deteriorate. Many people stay healthy and live full lives well into their 80’s and 90’s. Even if you weren’t as careful with your wellness when you were younger, that shouldn’t stop you from taking up healthy habits now, no matter how old you are. For families and caregivers of older people to encourage and support whatever changes need to be made, even if it means taking small steps to get there. Every little bit helps when it comes to being in the best physical shape you can.

Your primary care physician is your source for the right kinds of supplements to take, exercise to do, and medications that can improve your health. An annual check-up is essential for everyone, but especially for those over 65, when chronic problems need diligent oversight, such as diabetes, which affects over one-third of seniors, osteoporosis, and arthritis. In addition, caregivers and family members should stay informed about what prescriptions are added or removed after each visit and understand any other lifestyle changes or follow-up tests that need to be done.

If you need more in-depth care, a geriatrician is a good option since they specialize in the care of older people.

With SoulTab, caregivers can keep track of doctor’s appointments, prescription refills, and other medical issues older adults may need help managing.

Be Careful and Use Common Sense

There are some hazards that older adults should watch out for in their daily lives. Of course, everyone needs to use caution when navigating the world. Still, because older adults may have sensory problems, such as vision or hearing loss, it’s even more critical for you to be careful with some activities. Caregivers should regularly check in to see how their older adult is managing these things.

Driving

One of the most challenging things for anyone to do as they grow older is accept that their days of driving may be coming to an end. There are many reasons why this can happen, including vision problems, lack of mobility (for example, inability to reach the pedals or turn your head), or the onset of memory loss. Caregivers must be firm about taking away the keys if they realize that their loved one is a danger to themselves or others on the road.

SoulTab can solve the problem of transportation once an older adult is no longer driving. We offer on-demand driving services to our upgraded members.

Hazards in the Home

Staying safe at home, especially for older adults who live independently, can be something that caregivers and loved ones need to monitor more closely as

Do the Basics So You Can to Stay Healthy

Keeping your body healthy is an ongoing process that requires common sense and daily attention. Take these steps to keep in good shape so you can enjoy your life as much as possible.

Stop Smoking

This is relatively simple. Smoking is terrible for you, and if you stop smoking, it will significantly benefit you no matter how old you are.

Eat the Rainbow

Fruits, vegetables, and legumes of all colors should be a part of your diet. The darker the color, the higher the beneficial vitamins and minerals. So load up on berries, eggplant, arugula, tomatoes, yams, and other dark fruits and veggies. Apples, bananas, broccoli, and beans—all of these are good for you and will keep you feeling good. You can have a slice of pie or a cheeseburger every so often, but eating well is the best way to stay on the path of healthy living.

Move Your Body

You don’t have to walk for hours or lift a lot of weights to stay in shape. Gentle exercise like tai chi, Pilates and yoga are great options for older adults who may have movement restrictions or other reasons to keep exercise simple.

SoulTab offers yoga and meditation videos for in-home gentle exercises that are easy to learn and follow.

  • Extension cords: Extension cords can be hazardous for two reasons—overloading and tripping. Caregivers should make sure that all cords are bundled and stashed away as much as possible.
  • Unlocked doors: If your loved one still lives on their own, they may forget to lock their doors. An unlocked door could result in burglary or worse. There are many remote-operated locks available that caregivers can use to keep tabs on whether doors are secured.
  • Fire hazards: A pot left on the stove or a casserole forgotten in the oven are just two of the fire hazards that can harm older people, especially if they have any memory loss issues. In addition, hearing loss means they may not notice a smoke or fire alarm if it goes off in their house.

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11-22-2021

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