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5 Things Seniors Can Do Today to Boost Their Health

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on June 19, 2017

Boosting overall wellbeing requires dedication, and today is the perfect time for seniors to start taking care of their health. Older adults who take a few minutes out of their day to focus on their physical and emotional health can reduce their risk of several diseases. Here are five easy steps seniors can take to boost their health and wellbeing.

1. Breathe Deeply for Five Minutes

Many mental health specialists recommend deep breathing as a tool to control anxiety and stress levels. This type of meditation requires nothing more than a comfortable chair and a relatively quiet environment. Your elderly loved one should try to count how long he or she is inhaling and exhaling. Breathing in for five seconds and exhaling for the same amount of time could slow your loved one’s heart rate and calm him or her down. 

Some seniors need encouragement and assistance with daily activities. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same home care services. Phoenix families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

2. Juice Some Vegetables

Most major health organizations suggest older adults should consume around seven servings of vegetables every day, but very few people actually reach that number. Unlike processed beverages that cause energy levels to rise and fall, juiced vegetables provide consistent energy throughout the day. Seniors can add a few pieces of fresh ginger or some apple slices to their vegetable juices for a better taste. 

3. Call a Family Member

Hearing a family member’s voice triggers several physical and emotional responses, and it can immediately put your loved one at ease. Socializing with friends and family members also has several long-term benefits. Interacting with others can slow the rate of cognitive decline and reduce the risk of dementia, depression, and several other disorders.

If you are the primary caregiver for a senior family member and you need respite care, Phoenix, Arizona, Home Care Assistance is here to help. Our respite caregivers are trained to assist older adults with a wide variety of everyday tasks, including meal prep, physical activity, and personal hygiene. We also provide 24-hour care and specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

4. Soak in an Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom salt has been used for several years to treat a variety of diseases. The salt is rich in magnesium, which can relieve physical issues such as inflammation, muscle aches, headaches, and cramps. Soaking in a salt bath can also exfoliate the skin by removing blemishes. 

5. Take a Brisk Walk

Regular exercise can raise the heart rate and make seniors feel better almost immediately. As the heart rate increases, it triggers the release of several feel-good hormones and chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. A 2014 study conducted at Stanford University also found that exercising for just 10 or 15 minutes can increase creativity and cognitive abilities for the rest of the day.

For many seniors in Phoenix, Arizona, live-in care is an essential component of aging in place safely and comfortably. However, it’s important for them to have caregivers they can trust and rely on. At Home Care Assistance, we extensively screen all of our live-in and 24-hour caregivers and only hire those who have experience in the senior home care industry. Our strict requirements ensure seniors can remain in the comfort of home with a reduced risk of injury or serious illness. Call one of our professional Care Managers at 602.388.1085 to schedule a free in-home consultation.