Senior men have some unique health concerns they need to address. Instead of only going to their doctors when something is wrong, it’s better for senior men to be proactive and enhance their health before they get hurt or sick. To be more proactive with their own health, senior men should consider the following strategies.
1. Get Regular Checkups
Many senior men are unlikely to go to the doctor just to discuss health and get checkups. However, going for a checkup at least once a year will allow your loved one to get advice from the doctor, ensure vitals are within healthy parameters, and check for asymptomatic illnesses.
Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional in-home care. Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.
2. Ask for Health Screenings
Many physicians avoid doing health screenings unless they’re specifically requested to do so. However, these important examinations can detect dangerous cancers and other illnesses while they’re still mild enough to be treated. Your loved one can get screenings for prostate, testicular, and colorectal cancers, diabetes, glaucoma, dementia, and other diseases.
3. Get Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, & Blood Pressure Under Control
Some of the most common illnesses in senior men are due to issues with the circulatory system. Fortunately, these diseases are preventable as long as seniors are willing to keep themselves healthy. To keep blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels under control, seniors need to take prescribed medications, avoid foods high in sodium and sugar, maintain a healthy weight, exercise, and eat high-fiber foods.
Older adults often need help making healthy lifestyle choices. If your aging loved one needs help managing everyday tasks or encouragement to adopt healthier lifestyle choices, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care. Highland Park Home Care Assistance provides professional in-home caregivers around the clock to help seniors live longer, happier, and healthier lives.
4. Cut Back on Smoking & Drinking
Some senior men are likely to have serious health conditions related to alcohol and tobacco use. In the senior years, excessive smoking and drinking can cause cancer, organ failure, and other serious health issues. To lower the risk of developing these health conditions, your loved one should drink no more than seven alcoholic beverages a week and quit smoking entirely.
5. Manage Stress
Research shows mental stress can greatly impact health. To lower the risk of stress-related heart attacks, strokes, and dementia, senior men may want to consider practicing meditation, visiting therapists, and avoiding common stressors during daily life.
From making healthy lifestyle choices to managing basic housekeeping tasks, seniors may need help with an array of activities. Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing serious illnesses and require more extensive live-in care. Highland Park seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve. If your loved one needs help with the challenges of aging, call one of our compassionate Care Managers today at (214) 363-3400.