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Give Your Senior Loved One the Gift of Health in 2021
When it comes to things you would love to give to a senior loved one, chances are the gift of good health ranks right at the top. While that might sound like something beyond your reach, there are plenty of things you can give that help promote mental and physical wellbeing. Read on as we explore our favorite ideas to help your senior be happy and healthy in the coming year.
We often associate sports and fitness with youth, but exercise is important throughout life. In fact, Very well Health notes that seniors can effectively stop some aspects of the aging process through a fitness regimen. They can keep their bones and muscles strong, maintain their balance and flexibility, and boost their endurance.
When it comes to encouraging your loved one to stay fit, look for opportunities through existing interests. For instance, if your senior has always loved dancing, why not surprise them with dancing lessons? As Groupon explains, you don’t need to have a partner, and it’s a fun way to keep your loved one active physically, mentally and socially.
Does a low-impact sport like cycling sound like a better fit? It can be an ideal choice for many seniors, since it’s easier on the joints but great for strength and cardio. And what’s more, it appears to keep aging brains healthier. There are bikes that are particularly good for seniors thanks to how they’re designed, and you can even get a trailer for Fido to tag along if your senior would prefer some company!
An Eye on Health
Whether your senior chooses to dance, bike, walk, do yoga, swim, or just amp up housekeeping, keeping track of progress can be a great incentive. Setting goals helps to focus our attention and stay motivated. With that in mind, consider giving your senior a way to keep an eye on their health in the form of a smartwatch. This device comes with an array of features such as activity tracking and heart rate sensor, and some models have safety features like SOS calling. Seniors can stay on top of their fitness and have peace of mind while working out, and you’ll feel better knowing they’ll be able to get help if they need it.
Better Eating Habits
Proper nutrition is a must at any age, but the National Council for Aging Care explains seniors can be particularly vulnerable to deficiencies. Those deficiencies can lead to illnesses and diseases, so ensuring a proper diet is a must. Sometimes food doesn’t taste as good or medication can cause issues, but with a little coaxing, you can help your senior eat better. One simple way to get essential nutrients is in the form of a superfood drink. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a diet because they contain antioxidants and help with weight management. If your senior is having trouble getting the recommended servings per day, giving them a subscription gift of a superfood beverage can help them stay on top of their nutrient intake regularly.
Sometimes simply adding a fun smartphone app is just the ticket, helping seniors count calories and plan balanced meals. For seniors who have ongoing health concerns, nutrition response testing may be in order. This sort of testing can reveal particular deficiencies so seniors can target those weak areas in their nutrition.
What would you like to give your senior loved one for 2021? Better fitness? Improved nutrition? Whatever would equate to a better quality of life for your senior, there is a gift that can help support that goal.
Make sure your senior loved one gets the care they need for better health and quality of life. You can find more articles on senior health at the Vancouver Home Health Care Agency blog, and reach out to us to inquire about our variety of health care services.