It’s natural to be concerned about your loved one’s health and wellness as they age, but truth is, your loved one will likely experience challenges and changes in abilities that are out of your control. That said, there are a few things that you can do to help promote a loved one’s physical and emotional health. San Antonio Home Care Assistance shares the most common senior-related health issues and what you can do to help delay or prevent their associated symptoms.
- Osteoporosis – Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones begin to weaken and become thin, which brings about an increasing concern for fractures and breaks. While osteoporosis is a natural part of the aging process, it is also one of the most common senior conditions and should be identified and treated as soon as possible. A few ways to help promote bone health in an aging loved one is to recommend regular exercise and a calcium-rich diet, both of which will help to keep bones as strong and healthy as possible.
- Obesity – With age, seniors will likely participate in fewer physical activities and as a result, will slowly become accustomed to a sedentarily lifestyle. This in combination with poor diet habits can lead to obesity or excessive body fat gain, which can be a contributing factor for increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Seniors who may be overweight should strive to participate in at least 20 minutes of physical exercise a day, while also cutting as much processed food, sodium and trans fat from the diet as possible.
- Vision Loss – Vision related conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration can threaten a senior’s safety at home. Make sure that your loved one’s home has bright lighting to help reduce fall risk, and schedule regular eye exams with his or her doctor. Regular doctor visits (about every 1-2 years) will help to identify and treat any eye-related problems as soon as possible.
- Depression – Changes in mood or behavior can often be characterized as part of the natural aging process. However, if a loved one is withdrawing from once favorite activities and is no longer participating in family events, depression may be the cause. Try to check-in with your loved one as much as possible, and encourage them to join clubs or groups in the local community. If your loved one doesn’t have a specific hobby they would like to pursue, you can always consider hiring an hourly caregiver who can provide companionship a few hours a day or a few days a week. Click here to learn more about hourly care in San Antonio.
If your aging parent or loved one is living with an age-related condition or needs help with daily activities, reach out to Home Care Assistance of San Antonio today. Our in-home caregivers are available on an hourly or live-in basis and can provide professional and compassionate care to ensure safety, comfort and quality of life for your aging loved one. Call us today at 210-495-6300 to schedule your free in-home consultation for more information.