Healthy Friends in Senior Trends
For seniors, especially “baby boomers” currently entering retirement age, the future can seem uncertain and a little stressful: What will my quality of life be like? Will I have support for my medical needs? Will anyone look after me? Unfortunately, these concerns are valid, because while people are living longer, the health complications associated with aging have become more prominent.
A number of health trends have gained ground in response to these growing concerns. Luckily, many of these trends have proved quite beneficial for an aging body, improving quality of life dramatically for seniors. However, other trends should be approached with a certain amount of skepticism, or at least moderation. At MD Home Health, we’re here to help you choose which trends to follow and which ones to avoid.
The strenuousness of everyday activities is something that a lot of people take for granted, but as we age, performing these normal physical feats can become somewhat daunting and even dangerous. As a result, an exercise regimen for seniors known as “functional fitness” has developed, which involves doing exercises that mimic daily activities. This trend is important for seniors to pay attention to, because the strain is minimal and the exercises are specific, directed, and immediately useful.
When people say that everyone and their mother are doing yoga these days, they aren’t kidding. But does this mean that seniors should be doing yoga? Intensive yoga can be quite dangerous and painful for seniors, because it can require heavy muscle exertion and endurance that may be difficult for seniors whose muscle mass has decreased significantly. A light yoga regimen tailored to seniors, however, will decrease joint stiffness and relieve aches and pains.
A lot of fuss is made about diets for seniors, but how beneficial are they really?
– Gluten-free: Cutting barley, wheat, and rye from your diet can, in fact, help prevent celiac disease, but it’s important to remember to replace the iron, calcium, and fiber that you’re sacrificing by cutting gluten products.
– Vegetarian: Cutting meat will reduce your cholesterol and saturated fat intake, but you will be missing out on some important vitamins like vitamin D, vitamin B-12, calcium, zinc, and iron, so supplements may be necessary.
-Vegan: Cutting animal products altogether will reduce your natural vitamin and mineral intake even more, so more supplements will be required. Also keep in mind that increasing your reliance on soy products will increase your sodium levels.
-Juicing: Juicing is not so much about cutting foods out as it is about conveniently adding more fruits and vegetables into your diet, and this is a trend that we can wholeheartedly endorse.
Getting older shouldn’t be a scary thing. In fact, it should be something we look forward to, because we’re living longer than ever. And just because we’re older doesn’t mean we have to feel that way. At MD Home Health, we want you to feel healthy and happy.For those who need a helping hand at home when it comes to older loved ones, be sure to use MD Home Health for all your home health needs.