Our top tips for healthy ageing

Archive for March, 2012

Our top tips for healthy ageing

Friday, March 30th, 2012

1. Eat a healthy and varied diet

  • Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit at least five portions a day..
  •  Check food labels for the salt content, particularly in processed meats, savoury snacks, biscuits, bacon, soups and ready meals. Too much salt increases your risk of high blood pressure and stroke
  • Too much saturated fat raises cholesterol and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Foods high in saturated fat include biscuits, cakes, pastries, sausages, meat pies, fatty meat and cheese.
  • Know how many units of alcohol you are drinking, and speak to your GP if you find yourself regularly having a drink to help you get through the day.

2. Exercise

Exercise can be gentle like gardening, playing tennis or bowls, or going for a brisk walk can be just as effective.

Just make sure you check with your doctor if you have a condition or haven’t exercised in a while. 

3. Get regular health check-ups

Speak to your GP if there is a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, This helps identify any problems before symptoms arise.

Check at the GP surgery for a flu jab or cancer screening. The NHS screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer are there to pick up problems at an early stage.

4. Look after your eyesight

Take advantage of free NHS sight tests if you’re eligible. Have your eyes checked every two years or annually if you are aged 70 or over.

5. Have a positive attitude about ageing

Research shows that older people who have a positive attitude to ageing, and who work with the changes it brings, tend to have better health and live longer than those who see only the negatives.

Devoting time to old friends and favourite hobbies is important – but remember to explore new interests too. It’s easy to meet new friends, try new activities or share something you enjoy in your local area.

Walk-in Bath Doors

Monday, March 26th, 2012

choosing your walk in bath there are a number of decisions to be made to suit your needs, one being a very important part of the bath and your bathroom – the bath door.

Why should you choose an inward or outward swinging door?

The older style walk in baths normally have an outward door but the inward door style is becoming very popular and the new designs are now mainly inward doors.

.

Watertight Seal around the Door

The inward door has a watertight seal which should prevent any leaks whilst in the bath as the water pressure holds the door shut, but with the outward door there is a chance the water could leak around the seal causing a risk of slipping when you exit the bath and causing possible damage to your bathroom floor.

Opening and Closing the Door

To open and close the outward door you have to reach out and open from the outside of the bath but with the inward door you open from inside the bath which is much easier whilst in the sitting position. Also there is no obstruction from the inward door if left open but the outward door could cause an obstruction making it a potential risk to persons using the bathroom and if the bath has just been used the water could drip from the door onto the floor making it slippery.

Opening the Door whilst in the Bath

The outward door can be accidentally opened whilst the walk in bath is being used but this is not the case with an inward door due to the water pressure closing the door tight. You can get out of the outward opening door quickly which is an advantage if there is an emergency but with the inward door you have to wait until all the water has been drained away

The Elderly Benefit From Sunlight

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

 Senior citizens need to spend more time outdoors to boost their levels of vitamin D and lower their risk of chronic disease.

As we get older our skin is less efficient at forming vitamin D and our diet may also become less varied, with a lower natural vitamin D content. When we are older we may need to spend more time outdoors to stimulate the same levels of vitamin D we had when we were younger to compensate

 Involve yourself in outdoor activities in the spring summer months.

  • Walk around your local park
  • Join a local bowling team
  • Tidy up your garden after the winter months
  • Join a Tai-Chi group often outdoors in the summer months
  • Gentle excersie in the garden

 Treat yourself to some FREE vitamin D from the sun, there are not many things in life that are free now a day’s.

Indoor Activities for the Elderly

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

 

It is very important for elderly adults to remain active. Physical, mental and social stimulation are the keys to longevity and happiness. Seniors have the benefit of plenty of free time to pursue hobbies and leisure activities, many of which are inexpensive and can be done individually or as a group.

  1. Indoor Physical Activities
    • It is important to keep up physical activities, these can be achieved indoors which can include strengthening exercises with small hand weights, fitness DVDs (some are designed for seniors and those with physical limitations), yoga, Pilates, or simply walking around during commercial breaks if the seniors are watching television. Dancing and table tennis are fun activities that include a social element.

Indoor Mentally Stimulating Activities

  1.  
    • It is imperative that the elderly keep their minds sharp. Reading and book clubs and writing groups, as well as word and logic puzzles will keep elderly people from getting bored. Sudoku is a readily available number puzzle that has become very popular in recent years.

Creative Activities

  1.  
    • There are many creative activities that the elderly can enjoy such as drawing, painting and needlecrafts, which you can  express your creativity. With proper lighting, photography can be done indoors. Scrapbooking and handmade greeting cards have become very popular. Playing musical instruments can provide a creative outlet for older adults, as can singing songs and doing karaoke.

Recreational Activities

  1.  
    • Have a blast from the past and dig out board games and a pack of  cards, bingo and jigsaw puzzles are popular among elderly . Shaping play dough can be beneficial for those with arthritis or other motor issues with the hands. Baking, particularly for a holiday, is enjoyable for many. If you have green fingers you may enjoy can grow small herb gardens indoors. Also elderly women enjoy getting manicures and pedicures they have a turn a piece a bit of pampering makes us all feel better