We provide information, resources and coordinated care for aging adults, and their families. Through our programs and services, we promote wellness and preventive practices for healthy aging and longevity.
You can help prevent or avoid many age-related conditions through making lifestyle changes. Encourage exercise and a healthy diet and monitor your loved one's emotional health.
Exercise for Older Adults
Encourage your parent to exercise regularly, which can mean an aerobic, resistance or balance routine for a total of 60 minutes, four or five days a week. Even a daily walk around the block is beneficial.
Regular exercise can help:
Lower heart disease risk
Delay the onset of diabetes
Improve blood pressure, functional status and performance
Reduce the risk of falls and osteoporosis
Enhance mental health and cognitive function
Healthy Diet for Older Adults
Many older people benefit from taking calcium and vitamin D supplements. Talk to your parent's doctor about supplements.
Diet recommendations may include:
Lots of vegetables and fruits
Fewer simple carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol
A moderate amount of protein and dairy
Aging Adults and Emotional Health
Depression is often a factor in the aging adult population. As the caregiver, it is important to pay attention to the emotional well-being of the aging adult in your life. Seek help as needed.
Help your parent maintain good emotional health by:
Reducing stress and anxiety
Maintaining social activities and interactions
Preventive Care for Older Adults
Preventive care for aging adults includes screenings and vaccinations.
Vaccinations, like flu shots, are important because common illnesses affect aging adults in more significant ways.
Schedule regular doctor visits and annual screenings for your aging adult. Hearing or vision problems may affect social interactions and quality of life, leading to isolation or depression.
Home safety can prevent injuries due to falls. Learn more about home safety.
Common Conditions in Aging Adults
Some conditions are more common in the aging adult population. Caring for an aging family member may involve care for conditions including:
Strong For Life is an easy to follow exercise routine designed to improve strength, function, and balance in older adults with or without limitations.
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