Being older doesn’t mean you should give up on your health. Your dad thinks it’s too old to matter, you’re not so sure. The bottom line is you’re never too old. Here are things your dad can do to improve his health.
Make Dietary Changes
One of the best ways to improve his health is by changing his diet. Take a look at what your dad eats. He skips breakfast, eats a snack at lunch, and then has a large dinner. It’s better to break up the daily intake to multiple small meals every few hours. This prevents a fuller stomach at bedtime, which can lead to heartburn for some.
Your dad should focus on fiber-rich foods and lots of fruits and vegetables. Proteins are also important, but they need to be lean proteins like chicken breast and fish. Have your dad avoid sugary treats, frozen foods that are high in sodium and fats, and processed foods.
Talk a Brisk Walk
Each day, a brisk walk around the neighborhood, down the road, or even around the yard is important. Exercise reduces the risk of a stroke, heart disease, and obesity. Your dad should aim for 30 minutes each day. If walking is not possible, chair exercises or swimming are ideal.
Get Plenty of Sleep
The National Sleep Foundation believes that more than 40 percent of elderly men and women suffer from insomnia. Some of the reasons for poor sleep quality include snoring, restless leg syndrome, medications, and joint and back pain.
While your dad may be getting less sleep, he still needs the same amount as any other adult. Every person is different, but it’s believed that seven to eight hours is a good goal. A lack of sleep over time can lead to health issues. According to Harvard University, a lack of sleep can increase blood pressure levels, blood sugar, inflammation, and stress.
Don’t Overdo It
It’s important that your dad know his limitations. Weakened muscles and joint pain may impact how well your dad can do some things around the home. If this happens, there’s no shame in hiring home care services to help out.
Caregivers make your dad’s life easier. He’ll have a companion for walks. He has a safe ride to stores, restaurants, and doctor’s offices. He has someone to carry heavy laundry loads to the washer and dryer. He also receives help with light housework and medication reminders. Learn more by calling a home care agency.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Plainsboro, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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