Summer is here, public places are re-opening, and the outdoors are calling! While many of us live for longer, warmer days, this time of year also brings a higher risk for heat-related illness for seniors, particularly for those living with dementia who are unable to recognize the signs or take action.
Self-Care & Aging Well
New Year’s is the perfect time to reevaluate your lifestyle and motivate yourself to make changes for the better. As a dementia caregiver, there may be many things you wish you could change, many of which are out of your control. However, you are still in charge of your daily life, and there are so many ways to improve and enhance your caregiving routines, lifestyle and sense of purpose.
Depression is a serious mental health issue characterized by long periods of low mood, feelings of despair and loss of interest in things that used to bring joy. Anyone can experience depression, even if they are otherwise healthy, but this mental illness can be a common experience for seniors with memory loss.
Research continues to show that physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your brain. In fact, some studies say 150 minutes of physical exercise per week can reduce older adults’ risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50%. So how do seniors who may have lost some of their get-up-and-go over the years get up and go for 150 minutes a week?
It’s National Nutrition Month, and what better way to ring it in than being the healthiest version of yourself that you can be? Whether your aim is to boost brain health, emotional well-being or overall health and wellness, it’s never too late or too early to start. “Health, fitness and overall well-being are so important for seniors to consider,” says Kelly Carroll, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, offering Independent Living with Supportive Services, Assisted Living and Memory Care in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
We all remember our parents telling us to eat our vegetables, no matter how much we wanted to leave them on the plate. Eating a balanced diet provides your body with the nutrition it needs. This is essential for maintaining strength, your immune system, and having energy throughout the day. However, not all seniors may be getting the nutrition they need each day.
Do you feel less than steady on your feet? Are you worried about painful, costly injuries, or loss of independence? If so, setting aside just a few minutes a day to practice your breathing, movements, and concentration can greatly improve your balance, restore confidence, and reduce your risk of falling. And the minimal time and energy investments are well worth the rewards.
No matter your age, having a healthy heart is important. Truth be told, many of us don’t take care of it enough. We may think that eating right, not smoking and some mild exercise helps care for it plenty, and while it’s true that it helps, there’s still a long way to go in ensuring a healthy heart for years to come. According to Kelly Carroll, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Palm Beach Gardens, offering Independent Living with Supportive Services, Assisted Living and Memory Care in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, heart disease is a leading cause of death.
Everyone is used to taking Vitamin C during cold and flu season, and others may take a multivitamin when they eat their breakfast. Seniors can also benefit from adding supplements to their diet. While these don’t replace meals, they can help the body continue to do what it’s supposed to do. However, it’s equally important to make sure these supplements are added safely to the person’s diet.
Whether you’re lacing up your sneakers to run another marathon or finally finding the motivation to walk around the block, you’ll be glad you did. Taking care of your body not only helps you stay physically healthy but also has a direct impact on your mental and emotional well-being – and your memory.