Health Tips For The Elderly

Health tips for the elderly

It is very important to stay healthy as you get older - keeping your body and mind healthy will help prevent illnesses and diseases.

Making healthy choices are important to keep you healthy for longer for example eating correctly, not smoking, keep yourself hygienic – have showers or baths regularly and washing your hands, especially throughout the flu season! Make sure you're drinking plenty of fluids - water is the best, and hot drinks like tea throughout winter will help keep you warm. Eat nutritious meals and include fruit and veg in your diet.

Making sure you are active is very significant to keeping healthy. To keep physically healthy, it is advised to go out on day trips and to take a walk around your village regularly – it’s never too late to start going for a walk frequently! Mentally you can keep active by making puzzles and reading the newspaper.

Keeping social can help with your health, meeting with family or friends is a great way to keep healthy and helps to keep a positive mood. Try out new hobbies like painting, gardening, or getting involved in a local community group - your live-in carer can help you!

The effects of being lonely are devastating for both mental and physical health - you can read all about it in our blog post here.

As we get older it can be difficult to face changes to our routine, as hard as it is sometimes it’s good to be try and accept things that you cannot control and try to look at things with a positive view. Also take every day as it comes and remember to be thankful of the things and people you do have in your life.

Sometimes sleeping through the night can be hard as we get older. Make sure, if you can, go to bed when you are feeling tired, not just because it is when you usually go to bed and wake up at the same time in the morning, this can help you regulate your sleeping pattern.

Here are a few suggested things you get checked regularly as you get older:

  • Blood pressure test – 2 years

  • Eye and hearing test – every 1-2 years depending on your circumstances

  • Vaccines –flu jab – every year, pneumonia jab – if you haven’t previously had it), tetanus - 10 years

  • Dental appointment – 6 months depending on your circumstances

If you think you or your loved one will benefit from having a live-in carer, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on 01264 319399.