Many people assume that disability is a normal part of the aging process. While chronic health conditions can play a role in a senior’s ability to perform daily tasks, disability is not inevitable for all older adults. In fact, there are several factors that can lead to disability later in life which can be controlled.
- Sedentary Lifestyle – A sedentary lifestyle can ultimately lead to disability. As we age, we gradually lose muscle tone, and this is exacerbated when those muscles are not used regularly. Mild aches and pains can become worse and after awhile, immobility can occur. The number one way seniors can prevent this is by remaining active. If taking part in an exercise program is not possible, talking a daily walk is enough to promote activity and help minimize the risk for disability.
- Carrying Excess Pounds – After the age of 40, weight gain is inevitable unless intake is decreased and physical activity is increased. Fast forward a few more decades, and many senior citizens have increased body fat composition. Obesity, a common cause of disability among the elderly can be problematic if not controlled. Fortunately, small dietary changes such as limiting salt intake, switching to non-fat dairy products and adding more fruits and veggies to the diet can make a difference in a senior’s weight and is something that is easy enough for anyone to do.
- Poorly Controlled Health Conditions – Diabetes, heart disease and arthritis are just a few health conditions that if not controlled, will cause disability for seniors. Proper disease management can prevent or delay disability as a result of chronic conditions. This involves taking medications as prescribed, following up with the doctor regularly and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. If your aging parent or loved one is having trouble keeping up with doctor recommendations, consider the help of a Bridgewater live-in caregiver who can assist with meal preparation, medication reminders and personal care and can also provide reliable transportation to follow-up appointments.
Keep your aging parent or loved one safe and look into home care services from Home Care Assistance of Bridgewater. Visit our website at www.homecareassistancebridgewater.com or contact a Care Manager directly at 908-450-9400 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.