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6 ways on how seniors can prepare to “age well” in 2014
Mar 03, 2014

Healthy ageing is a hot topic everywhere right now. Whether you’re concerned about your physical ability to exercise, weight gain, self- confidence, the key to healthy ageing is a healthy lifestyle. Most people nowadays try to do as much as possible to ensure that they stay healthy and are able to enjoy their senior years: if you’re eating nutritious meals, including exercise in your daily routine, keeping your mind active, getting check-ups and screenings as recommended by your doctor. But it also makes sense to have some emergency plans for the collisions in the road that might arise. There’s no quick fix for healthy ageing but remember: it’s never too late to make healthier lifestyle choices.

1. Adjust your home. Stairs, baths, and kitchens can present many dangers for seniors. Even if you think at present you don’t need to make changes, prepare an annual safety review so you can make required  updates if your needs vary.

2. Avoid falls. Falls are a huge deal for seniors — they frequently end in fractures that can lead to disability, further health problems, or in worse case situations death. Safety precautions are vital, but so are basic forms of exercises that can increase balance and strength.

3. Consider your housing options. You might consider investigating naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs). These neighborhoods and housing complexes aren’t developed specifically to serve seniors — and, in fact, tend to host a mix of ages — but because they have plenty of coordinated care and support available, they are senior-friendly.

4. Plan ahead about how to get the help you may need. Meal preparation, transportation, home repair, cleaning, and help with financial tasks such as paying bills might be employed if you can afford it, or shared among close friends and family. Home Care services in your community might be another option.

5. Plan for emergencies. Thinking ahead can help you out in the future! Who would you call in an emergency? Is there someone who can check in on you regularly? What would you do if you fell and couldn't grab your phone? Keep emergency numbers near each phone or on speed dial. Carry a mobile at all times with you (if possible one with large buttons and a bright screen).

6. Write advance care directions. Advance care directions, such as a living will, durable power of attorney for health care, or health care proxy, allow you to explain the type of medical care you want if you’re too sick, puzzled, or unable to voice your wishes. Every adult should have these documents prepared in advance.

Ageing is a part of life and Home Instead believes that older people and their families need to adopt a positive attitude towards living their lives and staying active. If you need extra support and would like to find out how Home Instead could help, please phone 1890 989 755 or log on to www.homeinstead.ie