If your elderly family member plans to keep her life pretty much how it is now, she needs to do what she can to remain as healthy as possible. That might mean making a few small changes here and there.
Visit Her Doctor More Often
Lots of aging adults aren’t all that excited about visiting their doctors. Your senior might be concerned that her doctor will find something “wrong” or she might just not enjoy going. Regardless of her reasons, she really does need to make sure she’s visiting her doctor as often as necessary to discuss problems as they crop up and just to ensure that she’s on the right track with her health.
Hydration is a key part of helping your elderly family member’s body to stay healthy. There’s no one set amount of water that’s right for anyone, so it’s a good idea to talk to your senior’s doctor about how much water she should be drinking. Make drinking plenty of water enjoyable and tasty for your senior as much as you can to make the task easier.
Get Plenty of Rest
Your senior needs rest in order to make the most of the rest of the healthy changes she’s planning to make. If she’s having trouble sleeping, there might be a medical cause. Mention what’s going on to her doctor so that you can get to the bottom of what’s keeping her up at night.
Move a Little Bit More
Just a little bit more exercise every day can help your elderly family member to avoid too much muscle loss. Again, this is something that you want to talk to her doctor about before you implement any plans. Her doctor can help you to determine how much movement is right for her so that she doesn’t overdo it.
Accept Help Readily
It’s tough for some people to accept help, especially if they’ve been self-sufficient for a long time. Your senior might feel as if help from you or from senior care providers is completely unnecessary. But as she experiences the benefits more often, you may be able to sway her to feeling a little more positive about all the options she has for assistance.
Your senior may be facing a variety of health challenges. But as long as she’s doing everything that she can to be as healthy as possible, she can still be comfortable and happy. You can, too, knowing that you’ve done everything that you can do to help her maintain her health.