Breaking the Barriers of Living Your Senior Years Well
Aging may sound terrifying for some people because it is often stigmatized for disability. People are asked about aging and they could refer it to having wrinkles and health problems at retirement. This is one of the reasons why people often ignore the signs of aging and often crawl their way back to their youthful glow even with the high risks of infection and other technical problems of cosmetics.
Extra Hand In-Home Care, a trusted provider of non-medical home care in Rancho Cucamonga CA, believes that you can live your senior years well with lesser medications and lesser health problems. It is possible as long as you stay committed to it. This life-long process should also involve the help of your healthcare professionals, family, and friends.
Let’s break the most common barriers in achieving this goal.
- Aging vs. Diseases
You have to know that aging does not necessarily mean that you will eventually get a disease or lose your health. This is because diseases come and go at any age, right? It just so happens that older people tend to have higher nutritional requirements than any other age groups that are not met.
Older people somehow stick to their adulthood lifestyle when in fact, as we grow older our nutritional necessities increase over time. We need more vitamins and nutrients because our bodily processes tend to slow down. But this “slow down” does not mean they are going to have a disease or disorder. We contract the diseases because of our somehow modern-day yet obsolete kind of lifestyle. Because of what we eat, how we manage stress, and how we stay active affects our physical and mental processes in the body.
You might wonder about the age-related diseases. Age-related diseases are misconceptions for hereditary diseases that we have been carrying all our lives because it was passed on by our mothers and fathers in the making. These viruses or bacteria may have been triggered by external factor that we were not able to apprehend.
- Aging vs. “Senior Moments”
Do you or your elderly loved ones struggle with remembering things recently? You often tell yourself “Ooh, having a senior moment here!” But even if you were still younger, have you always remembered everything right away? Remember that stress and eating habits affect your memory.
Know that memory loss that is normal in aging is when it already takes a bit longer than usual to remember stuff but you never forget them; it only takes a while. Significant memory loss is not normal in aging. You need to get brain training therapies and acquire new knowledge in order to keep your memory sharp.
Memory loss is often a result also for elders who have experienced head injuries and falls that involve the spinal cord and neck. These are all connected to brain tissues that could disrupt the processes that are needed for the brain to function. Provide walking aids for your elderly loved ones to help them support their bodies when walking around the house.
- Aging vs. New Things
Older people are often subsumed to the idea that they cannot do things that younger people can do. However, older people should be taught with new things and hobbies to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally active. In knowing new ways, your elderly loved ones could practice their minds in learning the hobby (i.e. knitting, playing board games, reading books, etc.), socialize and bond with friends and family (i.e. dancing, singing, playing an instrument, etc.), and stay fit and healthy (i.e. walking, community events, etc.).
Yes, you or your elders may have gone retirement but this is not yet the end of their life. Being a senior citizen means you are going to do something new and different because this is another phase of life that one inevitably goes through. Being a senior citizen means doing the things that you were not able to do when you were younger due to bulked up responsibilities.
Aging is inevitable and there is nothing to be worried about it. To get help and assistance, call Extra Hand In-Home Care, a reliable provider of non-medical home care in Rancho Cucamonga CA, today!