Our guide to keeping healthy in old ageWe’ve formulated this guide from personal experience and spoke to many people who battle with keeping health in old age. We’ve formulated our top 10 musts to keep healthy.
1. Take advantage of regular health checksThe NHS offers everyone 40 – 74 a full health check every 5 years, aimed at reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some types of dementia. Most surgeries offer an annual check-up for all patients over 75.Read about how to get an NHS Health check here: NHS health check up.
2. Focus on preventionThe NHS offers a full programme of screening for a wide range of diseases and conditions, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, cholesterol, heart disease. The screening offered depends on age, health and family history. They also offer annual flu and pneumonia vaccinations.For more information on the Flu jab vaccination visit: NHS Vaccinations
3. Keep up with medicationIf possible accompany your elderly relative to their GP regularly to review their medication. Ask questions about possible drug interactions, and take note of any new symptoms (drowsiness, allergic reactions, loss of appetite and others) after starting or changing medications. Ensure that drugs are being dispensed in a way which makes it easy to take them regularly (using daily Dosette boxes, for example) – and for you to monitor if necessary. Also, make sure to get the right medicines and avoid substance abuse no matter what!
4. Visit the dentist every six monthsThe risk for cavities goes up with age. Plus, many mouth infections can be linked to serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. So elderly people should visit the dentist regularly for check-ups.
5. Screen for eyesight changesElderly people who wear glasses should have an eye test and get their prescription checked every year for changes, as well as have their eyes screened for health issues such as glaucoma. Having the right pair of glasses can significantly reduce the risk of falls.
6. Remember mental healthResearch shows that mental stimulation helps to ward off a decline in mental health. Crossword puzzles, quizzes on the TV, books and radio plays and discussions, are just a few of the ways you can encourage them to stay mentally active and engaged with the world.
7. Stay physically activeExercise not only increases energy but improves memory and alleviates depression. Short strolls, long walks or an exercise programme approved by a GP, can keep elderly people healthier longer. Even better, find an exercise class or a local walking group. It’s so much easier to keep motivated in the company of other people.Some ideas to keep healthy could be:
- Walking the dog
- Days out with friends
- Exercises Classes
- Gym Membership or you can opt the home gym.