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How to Prepare for National Senior Health and Fitness Day

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

National Senior Health and Fitness Day is around the corner, and seniors receiving home care in Henderson have a variety of ways they can start focusing on their wellbeing. However, it’s important for your elderly loved one to maintain his or her health throughout life, and the following suggestions may help.

Get a Full Health Checkup

Even if your loved one shows no signs of any serious ailments, he or she should still be scheduling a comprehensive checkup with the doctor at least once a year. During these checkups, the doctor can update your loved one’s vaccines, make changes to his or her medication if necessary, and screen for common diseases. Your loved one’s oral health may require greater attention. Seniors are generally classified as high-risk for oral conditions like gum disease and dry mouth, which means they should have dental checkups every 4 to 5 months.

Purge the Home of Snack Foods

Having snack foods lying around the house might be too much of a temptation for seniors who are not able to cook all of their own meals. With National Senior Health & Fitness Day rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time for your loved one to replace processed snacks with healthy alternatives. Options such as diced veggies, fresh fruit, and rice cakes are all great choices for a quick bite to eat in between meals.

Schedule a Meal Planning Day

Setting aside a few hours every week to plan and prep meals is a great way to provide your loved one with healthy eating options for days at a time. In addition to giving your loved one more control over his or her diet, the quality time you spend together can be invaluable. With a little practice, many weekly food preparers can churn out 20 or more full meals in as little as 2 or 3 hours on a Sunday afternoon. If you are not able to assist your loved one with this task, an hourly caregiver in Henderson can help.

Make Hydration a Priority

A 2004 study carried out at the University of Texas found adults over 65 have a severely decreased sensation of thirst. Within a short time, chronic dehydration can lead to organ failure, heat strokes, and gastrointestinal issues. Semi-active seniors should be consuming at least 6 servings of water per day, but they will need to increase fluid intake during the warmer months.

At Home Care Assistance, helping your loved one stay healthy and fit is a top concern. Our caregivers can prepare nutritious meals, provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, assist with exercise, and help with much more. In addition to the part-time and 24-hour care services we provide, we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Henderson families can count on. To learn more and to request a free consultation, call one of our qualified Care Managers at (702) 527-7723 today.