Courtesy of Brionna Kennedy [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Managing health is a concern for everyone, but many people have special healthcare needs that make the task a little more challenging. Older people or those dealing with ongoing medical problems may need to adapt their health maintenance to accommodate their individual requirements. A few tips can make this job more manageable.
#1 – Exercise
Design your exercise regime to conform to your individual health needs. Seniors may need to include exercises that build muscle mass, increase cardiovascular health and improve balance. People with osteoarthritis or other joint disease should consider aquatic exercise, yoga or other types of movements that increase flexibility and strength but do not injure tender joints.
#2 – Healthy Eating
Health experts advise a diet that contains whole-grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as oily fish, soy and nuts.
However, many seniors have to contend with dentures, which may make eating some of these foods more difficult to consume. Peel and cut up raw fruits into smaller pieces to get the fiber and antioxidants you need for good health.
#3 – Managing Medications
Older people may take a number of medications that must be taken at different times of the day or different times of the week. Research the different types of pill containers to see which is right for you. Some medications cause edema that can cause swelling of feet or hands and can cause swelling of mouth tissues that makes dentures fit poorly. If you notice any unusual effect that might be linked to the medications you take, keep a journal of the symptoms to discuss with your physician.
#4 – Eye and Ear Health
Visit your eye doctor regularly and have eyeglass prescription changed as needed to ensure that you can see clearly for driving, hobby activities, reading and TV watching. If you find that you have trouble understanding what people are saying, make an appointment with your eye, ear, nose and throat specialist to determine if ear wax or other problem is at fault. Today, you can choose from a variety of hearing aid options to prevent missing conversations from friends or family.
#5 – Skin Care
Older people have thinner skin that needs special care. Use sunscreen whenever you spend time outdoors to avoid skin damage and skin cancer caused by UV rays. Experiment with skin cleansers to find one that provides proper moisturizing to avoid dryness and itching. Use a moisturizing lotion daily to give your skin an attractive glow.
Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.