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Addressing Senior Men’s Health this Father’s Day

By Debbie Humphrey

I was blessed to have a wonderful Dad who worked very hard the majority of his life…until his health began to fail. He was very good at hiding his ailments from his children, and secretly confided his concerns to Mom. As parents, they both wanted to “protect” us, they said. Dad was always the epitome of strength and confidence, and he did not want his children…albeit grown…to perceive him in any other way.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, and if you are fortunate enough to have your Dad around, make time to talk to him about his health and wellness efforts.

June is Men’s Health Awareness Month, and there is no better time to have a heart-to-heart than Father’s Day! It doesn’t need to be a heavy conversation, unless there are serious health issues about which to discuss. Who knows? Maybe he’ll open up with a medical revelation about which you were unaware.

Men are notoriously silent and sublime when it comes to their health, and it is stubbornness that keeps them from visiting a doctor until something is clearly wrong. Sound familiar? It is important we have an open dialogue about senior men’s health with our male loved ones before something treatable becomes something that is not.

Demetrius Porche, DNS, RN, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Men’s Health said, “As long as they’re working and feeling productive, most men aren’t considering the risks to their health.”

My experience indicates that male seniors who are retired are at a greater risk of serious health matters, as opposed to women, especially if they are alone and have no one around to notice signs and symptoms of a problem, or when they are unable to drive themselves to the doctor.

It is not a surprise that the first five health risks senior men face include cardiovascular disease; lung cancer; prostate cancer; depression and suicide; and diabetes. There are numerous ways to prevent, treat, or manage these conditions, but it starts with the individual and his family.

I miss my Dad every Father’s Day, and year-round. I wish he was still here so I could talk to him honestly about senior men’s health issues and ways to improve the odds. I’d try to engage him in activities and exercise, and prepare him delicious, heart-healthy meals.

If you live a distance away from your Dad, give him a call on Father’s Day and chat awhile about how he’s really feeling. If you share a conversation and determine Dad could use some help, contact me. I have an amazing team of compassionate caregivers who are happy to provide companionship, transportation, light housework, meal preparation and so much more!

Home Helpers® proudly serves senior men in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Hudson and surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more about the many services offered through Home Helpers® We are Making Life Easier℠ 727.972.2539

Source: WebMD, Dr. Matthew Hoffman