Aging isn’t easy and just about every older adult can confirm that. Beyond the aches and pains, some of life’s daily tasks are just becoming more difficult for your senior. There might be some ways that she can counter some of what is happening, though. And those changes are easier than she might have suspected they would be. What really matters is that your elderly family member is focusing on having the best quality of life that she possibly can, and these ideas can help her to do just that. Help from in-home care providers may be useful as well.
As long as your senior has her doctor’s blessing, moving more and doing so consistently can really help her body to feel a lot younger. That’s because exercise helps to slow down muscle loss and keeps her heart and lungs working. Your aging family member doesn’t have to do complicated exercise routines, but she should find something that she enjoys so that she wants to stick with it.
Keeping Her Brain Engaged
Your senior’s brain is her most important muscle. When she’s keeping her brain engaged, that’s keeping those neurons firing. Learning new things, working her memory, and playing with puzzles and games are all incredible ways for your senior to give her brain a workout. The best part is that these can all be fun activities instead of something she has to do.
Focusing on Nutrition and Drinking Water
In the past, your elderly family member might not have worried about what she ate and she probably didn’t end up with a lot of problems because of that fact. But it’s coming down to the wire and believe it or not, it’s never too late to focus on nutrition. By making even small changes to her diet now, your elderly family member can reap big benefits for a long time and her body will feel better for it.
It’s amazing how much water does for the human body. If your elderly family member isn’t drinking enough water, she might experience brain fog, fatigue, trouble with digestion, and other difficulties. Just by increasing her water intake, she can start to feel markedly better. Consistently focusing on hydration can give her even bigger benefits over time.
Letting In-Home Care Aides Help Her
Is your senior one of those people who always wants to do things herself? There are a lot of folks that fall into that category. But it’s important for her to remember that it’s okay to want and to need help. By trying out in-home care services now, your elderly family member may find that there are a lot of benefits for her. In-home care providers watch out for your senior’s safety, help with household tasks, and generally make your senior’s life easier. By letting in-home care help her now, your senior is in a better position later if she needs a lot more help down the line.
Your elderly family member can’t fully turn back the clock, unfortunately. But she can start to make some choices now that help her to feel a little bit younger than she has been feeling.