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Important Tips for Healthy Aging

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on Oct 6, 2014 7:58:17 AM

Home Care near Granite Bay, CA, area – Live a Happier and Healthier Life ?

Knowing how to help your senior loved one live happier and healthier will make life happier for you too. There are changes that a person’s body goes through as it ages, and understanding a little bit about these changes, living as health-conscious as possible will bring a little more health and happiness for your elder loved one. These healthy living points are great for you too! Everyone would love to have a little more health and happiness in their life.Home Care Granite Bay CA area

The digestive system

What happens as a person ages – constipation is more common. Some of the factors causing this condition include eating a low fiber diet, not hydrating with water sufficiently and not enough exercise. Also, medications, diuretics and iron supplements are also causative agents. Some medical conditions contribute to constipation, like diabetes or irritable bowel syndrome.

What can be done – For preventing constipation, make sure there is lots of fiber in the diet. Both soluble and insoluble fiber. You can get lots of fiber from fruit, vegetables and whole grains. There is no fiber at all in meat or dairy. High fat meats, sweets and dairy products may cause constipation, so limit their amounts. Drink lots of water. Exercise on a daily basis and don’t ignore the urge for a bowel movement. Go to the bathroom when you feel the urge.

The bladder and urinary tract

Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control is common with aging but isn’t necessarily a guaranteed result of aging. There is usually an underlying cause, such as a medical condition, menopause in women, enlarged prostate in men, or other issues the doctor can investigate.

What can be done – lose excess weight if overweight and cease smoking if smoking. Go to the bathroom regularly and drink lots of water in between. Try doing Kegel exercises which alternately tightens and loosens the pelvic floor.

The memory

A person’s memory may dwindle slightly with age but severe memory loss is attributed to other issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.

What can be done – keep your memory in good condition by exercising it. Eat a healthy diet and don’t drink too much alcohol. Regular physical exercise as well as regular mental stimulation is imperative. Do mind puzzles, learn a new language, and learn to play a musical instrument. Be as social as possible and do things differently once in a while. Take a different route when driving, make a new recipe, read a new book.

Why not add some extra health and happiness into your life and your senior loved one and all your family? Living a healthy lifestyle adds years to your life and life to your years.

When your senior loved one needs a little extra help around the house or for personal care, consider in-home care service.

If you have an aging loved one who needs professional senior care, or are considering senior care home services for yourself call Harmony Home Care and talk to our care staff. They will be attentive to your situation, and provide clear and immediate options to help you deal with the difficulties you face. Harmony Home Care provides services for the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado Counties including: Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Folsom, Granite Bay, Roseville, Cameron Park, Placerville and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE assessment CALL (916) 414-9100.