It’s a new year and a great chance to help your senior loved one commit to a healthier lifestyle. It is never too late for your aging parent or a senior in your life to embrace a new attitude toward a better diet and exercise regimen. Here are a few tips that you can use to help them start 2016 with healthier habits.
Consult with healthcare providers.
The first thing you want to do is to make sure the senior has a clean bill of health. Experts recommend that healthy adults exercise about 30-40 minutes a day for 3-5 days a week. But, it is important to discuss this with the senior’s physician before making diet changes and implementing an exercise program.
Plan to keep a record of all the changes that are being made in their diet and exercise.
Track their progress, leave notes for other family members helping out with the plan, as well as make notes for physicians visits. You can use this handy David York Agency worksheet to help.
Monitor blood pressure, body weight, and blood sugar if needed.
If your loved one is dealing with a chronic illness, it is imperative to keep track of these numbers.
Keep a variety of foods in the home on hand for preparation.
Foods should include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. You should also encourage the senior to drink plenty of water. Purchase serving size water bottles so that it is easier for the aging adult to carry around.
Create a network of support.
It is important to give your loved one as much support as you can. Studies show that people are more likely to be successful implementing lifestyle changes if they have support from friends, family, and health professionals. Healthier living goals appear more attainable to the person making the change too with the right support in place.
Consider hiring a home care aide to assist the senior at home.
As a family member, you may not be able to visit as often as you would like with your loved one. Hiring a home care aide is the next best thing to being in the home yourself. The aide can assist with small household chores for the senior, as well as help them stay on track implementing positive lifestyle changes such as making better food choices and getting the exercise needed daily.
At David York Agency, we are committed to helping our patients live healthier, happier, more productive lives. Our team of home healthcare providers can help support the healthy new year’s resolutions of your aging loved one by assisting with the preparation of nutritious meals, providing safe transportation to the doctor, the gym, or the grocery store, and monitoring the physical and mental well-being of the patient.
To find out more about hiring a home healthcare agency to help with your aging loved one’s healthy living in 2016, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.