Sep 7, 2017 by Kristina Butler
September is Healthy Aging Month in the United States. Healthy Aging Month is a time for people across America to evaluate their life choices and the impact they have on their aging. Those who are not be where they would like to be are encouraged to make changes and improve their overall quality of life. Some of the areas seniors should consider range from physical and mental health to socialization, cognition, and even financial planning.
One of the areas that is often overlooked is that of proper planning. Seniors who are well-planned and have established routines are more likely to age in a healthy manner than those who do not. Take, for example, the preparations that are necessary for the changing of the seasons.
As the weather changes, seniors face increased fall hazards. This is very important since falls are the primary cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Not only can falls lead to hospitalization, they often lead to a loss of independence and decreased quality of life.
In the fall, accumulated leaves can hide sticks, stones, and other tripping hazards. Leaves can also become wet and create a slick surface. In the same way, snow and ice accumulation in the winter are often associated with senior falls. By planning for leaf, snow, and ice removal early on and keeping walkways clean, seniors can significantly decrease their fall risk.
Seniors often feel colder as they age. For these seniors, the fall and winter temperatures make staying warm even more difficult. By planning for the changing temperatures and dressing in layers, seniors can stay comfortable whether they are in the car, mall, walking the neighborhood, or simply sitting at home reading a book. Since most body heat is lost through the head, hands, and feet, seniors should start planning to wear warmer hats and shoes as the seasons change and may want to break out the gloves, scarves, and warm socks as well.
Of course, proper planning also includes making sure daily living tasks can be safely and routinely accomplished. During Healthy Aging Month, seniors who struggle to keep up with their daily routines may want to consider help from home health agencies. personnel from home health agencies can help seniors maintain their safety, independence, and quality of life by offering supports and services specifically tailored to a senior's unique needs. Services typically range from light housekeeping and laundry to meal preparation, transportation, and personal care.
For more information about Healthy Aging Month, preparing for the changing seasons, or the many ways home health agencies like Comfort Keepers can help improve your senior loves one's quality of life, contact a senior home care coordinator today for a free in-home consultation.
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