Supporting Healthy Aging Habits with In Home Care
Today’s post shares 3 ways in which ABC SW Houston (Katy)’s in home care service supports your loved one’s healthy aging habits. Read on to learn how we help Katy, Texas seniors gild their Golden Years!
Ditch Those Unhealthy Habits.
It’s never too late to cut out unhealthy habits like drinking, smoking, and sedentary living. Studies have shown that even seniors who have been smoking for decades will begin to feel health benefits within hours of quitting. And the health improvements of exercise and healthy eating start right away.
Our in home care team can help you kick those unhealthy habits to the curb. One of the best ways to get over the hump when cutting out old addictions is to find alternative activities to fill your time. Always Best Care SW Houston (Katy) can help! In addition to providing encouragement and increasing accountability, our in home care team can keep your loved one busy with healthy and stimulating activities to keep their mind off that drink, drag, or diet-breaking snack.
Maintain a Healthy Diet.
Healthy eating is one of the most effective lifestyle changes one can make to prevent and manage the symptoms of chronic diseases like cancer and dementia. And because our metabolisms slow each year after age 40, monitoring your food quality and caloric intake becomes all the more important as we age. There are no secrets or shortcuts–diets rich in colorful vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats are key. It’s also a good idea to choose foods that have been shown to boost brain function, such as blueberries, avocados, green tea, and cruciferous greens.
Some of the biggest barriers to healthy eating are the time and energy required to prepare fresh foods. But here again, the ABC SW Houston (Katy) in home care team can help. As part of our care programs, we can assist your loved one with grocery shopping, food preparation, mealtime monitoring, and clean-up. In this way, we make it easy to maintain a healthy diet.
The benefits of regular physical activity occur throughout life and are essential for healthy aging. Adults aged 65 years and older gain substantial health benefits from regular physical activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Physical Activity Guidelines, seniors should aim for about 150 minutes of activity per week. Those who cannot complete 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity due to chronic conditions should still make an effort to be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.
But building exercise habits can be daunting for seniors, especially those living alone. Unsafe exercise selection, messy home environments, and “too much too soon” syndrome can lead to serious injuries. Seniors are particularly vulnerable to slip and fall injuries, which account for up to 40% of fatal injuries among older adults.
ABC SW Houston (Katy)’s in home care team can help your loved one hit that 150-minute goal without ever compromising their safety or comfort. We can accompany your loved one on nature walks or monitor any exercise sessions of their choice. In addition to ensuring their safety, we provide the same motivation and pleasant company they’d get from a regular “workout buddy,” which makes their exercise efforts that much more enjoyable.
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