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How To Help People Age Healthily

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As we all know, ageing is an inevitable process that we will all experience.  However, with so many people feeling young at heart, many find it difficult to accept the changes that come with ageing.  By helping people to come to terms with social and health fluctuations as we age, and providing practical support and guidance, carers and health care professionals can greatly improve people’s quality of life and general wellbeing.

iStock_000050566140_LargeHere are ProMedica24’s 5 top tips for positive elder care:

  1. Stress the importance of quality time with loved ones and family.        People should be encouraged to      spend as much time as possible with others as this will prevent them from feeling      lonely or anxious.  It is natural      for social circles to decrease as people age, and unfortunately many      people will experience the loss of a loved one or close friends.  As a result, some may also need to be      encouraged to find new ways to socialise. Depending on the person’s      interests and capabilities, they may want to volunteer for a local      charity, join a community group or get involved in an activity such as the      Ramblers walking groups.  If friends      and family live far away, you could also encourage others to make the most      of modern technology such as texting, social media (e.g. Facebook) and Skype      (computer video calls) to keep in touch.
  2. Regularly exercise. Although our bodies become slower and more      fragile as we age, there are many low impact exercises that are suitable      for older people such as swimming, tai chi, low impact cardio and walking.       Even doing just 30 minutes a day      can reduce the risks of suffering a stroke and can also help keep dementia      at bay due to the increase of oxygen in the brain.
  3. Create a brain gym. Take time out to complete crosswords,      Sudoku, puzzles, board or card games.       Not only is this a good way to interact with patients and assess      their mental capabilities and emotional wellbeing, studies have shown that      these type of activities can strengthen the memory.
  4. Good nutrition is vital. Preparing a healthy and varied diet      for your patients – and encouraging them to do the same is important. As      we age, some people lose interest in preparing food and may even lose      their appetite.  So, it is vital      that we remain encouraged to follow a varied, balanced and nutritionally      rich diet and to maintain a healthy weight. Try to incorporate at least 5      vegetables and fruit daily, be it frozen, fresh or canned.  Research shows that people who eat      plenty of fruit and vegetables are less likely to develop heart disease      and certain cancers.   Aim for a daily portion of protein and      dairy, as well as foods rich in Omega 3 such as oily fish, as they are      fantastic at protecting brittle bones and protecting vital organs.
  5. Don’t avoid the dentist.       Make sure you brush and floss your teeth- at least twice a day.      Regularly cleaning teeth and flossing daily helps to prevent gum disease      by removing pieces of food and plaque from between the teeth. If it’s left      to build up you might notice sore or bleeding gums,      and gum disease can also be linked to diabetes, strokes, heart disease and      rheumatoid arthritis. Try and remind your patient to have regular dental      check-ups and, and if they wear dentures or have a bridge, to ask their      dentist whether it fits properly.

 

ProMedica 24 is Europe’s largest provider of live in care and support services, helping people to live as independently as possible in the comfort of their own homes. Personal relationships and someone’s social environment are central to life, regardless of age or mental ability. Support should be sensitive to the person as an individual, and focus on promoting their wellbeing and meeting their needs.

All of Promedica24’s live-in care teams are made up of fully trained and skilled care and support workers who are experienced in a range of conditions affecting older people including dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, arthritis and diabetes. For more information please go to http://promedica24.co.uk.

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