41% of the 18.7 million adults admitted to hospital last year were aged 65+ so what can you do to help avoid hospital visits for your senior family member?
Maintain a healthy diet
Food and nutrition play an important role in staying well. But many people lose their interest in food as they get older and, according to Home Instead research, one in five over 75s struggle to cook their own food (@YouGov research 2018).
A healthy, balanced diet may reduce your risk of dementia, as well as other conditions including cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, stroke and heart disease. (https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/risk-factors-and-prevention/how-reduce-your-risk-dementia)
As we get older, our body water content decreases, and the risk for dehydration therefore increases. Poorly hydrated individuals are more likely to develop pressure sores and skin conditions. Water helps to keep the urinary tract and kidneys healthy. (British Nutrition Foundation).
Follow Doctor’s orders
Ensure any medication prescribed by doctors is carried out as directed.
Companionship helps prevent loneliness and also can be an opportunity to spot any symptoms of illness commencing.
Keep physically active and mentally active
Current government guidelines recommend that older people aged 65 or over, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, do 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise a week. This could include brisk walking, ballroom dancing or even chair-based exercises. (Age UK) Mental actiovity helps keep the brain active.
We at Home Instead can help seniors with the above so if you need help please contact me and we can discuss in more detail how we can help.
I can be contacted by email [email protected] or by telephone 01992 666777.