For many of us, managing the health of an aging loved one can be difficult and demanding. It is a daily reminder of the need to take control of our own health before an emergency.
Taking charge of your health and making decisions that affect your future will lead to optimal health, wellness, and independence. The following 6 tips help you take control put you on the right path to wellness.
- Visit your doctor. As we age, we are more prone to side effects from medications; we are at a higher risk for chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease. Regular doctors visits allows for frequent health checks, and may prevent or catch complications at an early stage.
- Know your numbers. Keeping accurate records of your vital signs allows you to effectively communicate with physicians and more impact on your health. Understanding what your numbers mean and the importance of improving and maintaining them can be the difference between life and death.
- Balanced diet. The amount and types of food we eat directly influence our overall health. A balanced diet can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Various foods, such as lean meats, who grains, fruits and vegetables, contain key nutrients to keep your body healthy.
- Exercise. Putting your body into motion keeps blood circulating and gives you the energy to get through a busy day. Exercising improves balance, flexibility, stimulates the brain and keeps you heart-healthy. Move at your own pace, whether walking, running, or participating in yoga. It is important to keep active. Just move!
- Socialize. Isolation has a direct link to our physical and mental health. It may cause feelings of depression, anxiety and places adults at risk for high blood pressure and heart disease. Whether joining a club, volunteering at a local organization or gathering with a small group, human interaction provides support and a sense of happiness and can ultimately improve one’s health.
- Keep your mind active. While exercising our bodies has a direct link to our physical health, exercising our brains plays a role in our mental health. Activities such as reading, crossword puzzles or playing an instrument can help protect our minds from conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Caring for our bodies at any age is important and plays a role in our future health. These 6 tips will help you take control of your health, wellness and independence.
If you or your loved one is in need of skilled nursing care, rehabilitation therapies or assistance with daily living to regain their health and independence, VNA of Ohio offers the largest array of in-home services in the state.
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