Caregiver in Richmond Hill – 7 Health Challenges of Aging

There are some general declines in health that people feel as they age. Some of these can’t be avoided. But keeping up a healthy lifestyle which includes eating healthy food, exercising regularly and staying active socially can all contribute to a higher level of health overall which lasts longer.Caregiver Richmond Hill

The great Eubie Blake, a ragtime composer who performed piano well into his 90s coined the phrase, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” It goes without saying that the best time to live healthily is starting when you’re young. But the second best time is starting today. Even the elderly can enjoy substantial health benefits by turning away from bad habits and adopting new healthier habits.

The following list is by no means exhaustive, but it certainly covers some of the more common areas where elders experience issues:

  1. Obesity and overweight. This happens when seniors don’t realize their caloric requirements change with age. They should be consuming less calories overall. If they’re not sure what their dietary requirements are, they can check with their doctor or dietician.
  2. Arthritis. This condition affects nearly half of the senior population and is the leading contributor of disability. Old injuries come back to haunt the elderly person. Years of football or decades of wearing high heels catches up eventually. When it comes to elderly exercise, the old adage, no pain no gain is simply not true. Exercise should be done on a regular basis and not intense enough to cause pain.
  3. Osteoporosis. Low bone density affects many older Canadians, mostly women. There are treatments for this condition, which are most effective if you can catch it before falls start to happen. If osteoporosis is a concern, the elder should stop smoking, watch their alcohol consumption, limit high acid foods and get lots of calcium. These are good dietary guidelines for everyone to follow.
  4. Cancer. The risks increase with age. For women endometrial cancer rates increase and for men prostate cancer rates increase. For smokers, the rates of lung cancer dramatically increase.
  5. Cardiovascular disease. If the elder has high blood pressure, it must be gotten under control.
  6. Vision and hearing loss, including some age-related eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration.
  7. Memory and emotional well-being. Memory loss is not inevitable, contrary to popular belief. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia do increase the rates of memory loss in the elderly population. Emotional well-being can be kept at healthy levels through adequate social activity.

How Can In-Home Care Providers Help?

  • Assist the senior with daily tasks such as personal care, making meals, transportation
  • Provide reminders for them to take their medications
  • Provide transportation to doctor appointments, social activities etc.
  • Prepare healthy meals
  • Provide companionship and avoid loneliness
  • Gives the senior someone to talk to and who will listen
  • Makes sure they exercise regularly

Contact us for caregiving services care and companionship. For more information about caregiving services, call 905-709-1767.

About Susan Di Michele

We have a team of dedicated healthcare professionals. We strongly believe in improving health and wellness of individuals, their families, and communities. Through nurturance, gentleness and compassion, our team strives to shine a light on what it takes to be role models of caring practice.
Our mission is to support a society in which respect for the rights and dignity of people is a practical reality in all areas of life, where discrimination is a thing of the past, and where a positive view of ill and aging people prevails. We strive to ensure that every individual is informed, supported and encouraged to embrace a lifestyle that has continued meaning, purpose and value. Together these actions genuinely empower and respect individuals’ abilities to make independent choices based on their personal interests, capacities and needs.
The most important of all is “CARE”. We care about the people we serve. Our focus is to treat everyone with respect and dignity they deserve. Our vision is to provide excellence in health care for all those we serve.

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