Every person wants to be able to remain in their own home as they age; no one wants to end up in a nursing home, and sometimes, it’s unavoidable. However, our in-home caregivers know that independence is a top priority for seniors and that there are things you can do to increase your abilities to age in place. Whether you’re a family caregiver or someone who’s aging and concerned about your independence, you’ll find this information helpful.
Good health is vital. Seniors should visit their doctors on a regular basis, and schedule an appointment right away for any acute condition. It’s also important that seniors understand the importance of their medications, when to take them, and the possible side effects.
Nutrition. This is the one area that can dramatically impact health, as certain foods contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more, that work to fight off illness and disease. A healthy, balanced diet is essential for all of us, but especially seniors.
Safety in the home. From smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to a properly functioning HVAC system and doors/windows with secure locks, security should be a top priority. Seniors are more susceptible to extremely hot temperatures or freezing cold temps in winter months, and having the ability to unlock doors or windows when necessary is important. Also make sure to make the home safe in terms of trip and/or fall hazards.
Socializing and companionship. Loneliness leads to depression in the aging, so companionship is more important than ever. We all need contact with friends and loved ones, even if it’s just having a cup of coffee with a neighbor occasionally. Make an effort to attend social functions related to your interests, whether it’s a book club, playing bingo, or going to church. While it’s not as good as actually being with family in person, technology makes it possible to stay in contact via video, social media platforms such as Facebook, and more.
Engage your mind and avoid boredom. Unfortunately, many seniors find themselves with nothing to do, and boredom can affect you mentally. It’s important to keep your mind active! This can be accomplished simply by reading a book, working a crossword puzzle, playing solitaire, or returning to a hobby you once loved, such as crocheting, playing a musical instrument, gardening, fishing, etc..
In order to remain independent and age in your own home, it’s crucial to take an active role in your physical and mental health! Eat well, exercise, do things you enjoy, make your home safe, and get out every now and then with a friend, neighbor or family member. It’s all about aging in place, not sitting in place while your life passes by.
At Care Indeed, our Bay Area in home caregivers are dedicated to helping seniors make the most of their lives. When you need a helping hand, give our caregiving agency a call.