As we get older, it is difficult to remember the little things in life. It’s easy to joke about, ‘Oh, I can’t find my keys again, I must be getting old!’ but when it comes to those in their elder years, it can become a serious concern, because memory loss can be signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s. You and your loved ones may wonder what can to do to help prevent these debilitating memory illnesses.
At HarborChase, we value health and fitness. We know that as a senior, exercising and staying healthy isn’t exactly easy. There are many exercises that seniors may have done earlier in their lives that they are unable to do once they grow older. Exercises for older adults can vary in difficulty and effectiveness because the capabilities of each senior can be different from one another. Although the specific exercises may vary, there are clear categories that each activity falls into.
As we grow older, our needs and wants change. One thing that changes more than others is our dietary needs. As a senior, it's important to eat foods that are healthy to maintain strength and a healthy weight. Today, our society makes it easy to eat quick, unhealthy foods for the sake of convenience. This can pose a severe health risk to older adults over a long period. Senior nutrition is often studied by experts to learn what exactly older adults should be eating. Here are some tips for you and your family!
Try out these recipes in your diet to add some healthy meals to your routine. If you’re currently living in an assisted living community, make sure to request to have these recipes included in your diet! The New Year brings changes for the better, so make sure to stick to your resolutions!
Do you have difficulty drifting into a restful slumber? If you do, you are not alone. According to John Hopkins Medicine, “more than 60 million Americans suffer from poor sleep quality.” For a significant portion of older adults, sleep issues result in prescription medications. No one wants to add more to his or her medicinal intake if it is not 100% necessary. Fortunately, there are natural sleep aids that can benefit older adults in senior living.
“You’re only as old as you feel.” There is some truth behind this classic phrase. As we age, it can be easy to settle down and become sedentary. Whether it is due to pain, health problems, or balance issues, some seniors find themselves avoiding exercise altogether. As you age, being active can largely impact your health.
At HarborChase, our menus consist of chef-prepared meals, much like that of a fine restaurant. The difference between our meals and that of fine dining, is that we also strive to keep our residents’ dietary needs in mind. Being a senior with diabetes does not mean that you have to refrain from restaurant dining at all. In fact, if you order correctly, you may not even need to rely on medication to control your blood sugar. It is important to also consult with a doctor before removing medication from the equation. By minimizing your sugar intake and opting for healthier options, you can safely dine out with diabetes.
Topics: Health Habits
Gardening is a very accommodating activity, with proven health benefits, but it is often overlooked by comparison to other hobbies. Our diverse activity programs for seniors and our daily scheduled calendar includes gardening, as this healthy, and physically stimulating activity can be modified for each individual. At HarborChase, we aim for our residents to be happy, healthy, and stimulated daily.
At HarborChase, we strive to create a loving memory care community, where your loved one is cared for and respected extraordinarily for their uniqueness, strength, and history. We thrive in creating engaging opportunities that will soothe your loved one and impart them with familiar environments daily. Moreover, we understand how much mementos matter to our residents, but we also realize the negative impact hoarding can cause them.
With advanced technology and medical research, seniors are living stronger, longer and healthier. Unfortunately, science can’t do everything for us, at least not yet. You, or those close to you, in senior living still need to physically workout and work towards a healthy lifestyle. If you and your friends are in wheelchairs, physical exercise can seem like even more of a challenge. Luckily, here at HarborChase, we are experts on helping seniors live their best lives! Every day we celebrate our seniors in senior living. That is why we put together this guideline to help you, or someone close to you gets started with exercising in a wheelchair. Be sure to check with your primary care physician before attempting any new exercise regimens.