Senior Care Blog - Boise, Meridian, Eagle and Garden City

How Healthy Seniors Stay Healthy

By Mike Jackson

Caregivers in the Boise Area

As our parents get older, a concern that many people have is how their mental and physical health will be as they age. However, now that more information is available on how to stay healthy, more and more seniors are living longer lives. This is especially true for elders who have been making healthy choices throughout their life.

Whether your loved one has spent most of their adult life exercising and eating salads or they prefer a burger with fries for their regular dinner choices, there is still time to make better choices in order to add more years to their life. With encouragement and assistance from their caregivers, here are a few ways older adults can get more energy, prevent chronic health problems from developing, and feel mentally and physically healthier.

  • Get regular checkups. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. In order to reduce the likelihood of this happening to your elderly loved one, regular doctor visits are important. The physician will be able to check their cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, body mass index (BMI), and other important numbers to make sure they are at a healthy level.
  • Shed the extra pounds. Obesity and being overweight are extremely dangerous to the health of people of all ages, but especially for older adults. Since the metabolism slows down as we age, exercise and a healthy diet will become even more critical. Along with eating the right foods, it is equally as important that your loved one is eating a sensible portion.
  • Quit smoking. It is no secret that smoking is dangerous to our health. It can cause a number of cancers to develop, such as lung cancer, as well as making the body more susceptible to a wide range of health problems. Telling your elderly parent to quit seems like a simple enough task, but this is one habit that can be extremely difficult to drop. Encourage your loved one to see their doctor in order to find out about treatment programs that will help them quit a little bit easier.
  • Drink in moderation. Having one drink a day will not harm the elder’s health. In fact, some researchers have found that a glass of wine can actually be beneficial for the heart. However, drinking too much can cause their health to deteriorate over time, as well as cause them to gain weight. Men should have no more than two drinks per day and women should have no more than 1.

These tips should get your aging parent on the right track to a healthier, longer life.