Regardless of your age, staying healthy is important. Diet and exercise are important for maintaining a healthy weight, low cholesterol, and recommended blood pressure. Here are six misconceptions seniors have about their health.
They’re Not Feeling Sick so a Doctor’s Visit Isn’t Necessary.
Seniors who feel great often skip annual physicals. They don’t feel sick, so why spend the money? Yearly health exams are the best way to catch health conditions early and start treatments that can slow or stop the progression of many issues.
Their Parents Lived to 100, So They Will Too.
Your mom says her parents both lived to be 100. She has great genes, so she’ll live just as long. There are no guarantees. While her parents lived a long life, it’s not a promise that she will too.
Diet Isn’t as Important for Seniors.
Many seniors look at the latter years of life as a good time to just eat whatever is appealing. Takeout foods, processed freezer meals, and canned items work well for seniors. They’re also very high in fat and sodium. They have added sugar and preservatives. This can increase the risk of some chronic conditions. It can potentially shorten your parent’s life.
It’s Too Late to Start Exercising.
If your parents feel that exercising is futile at this point, they’re wrong. Studies have shown that starting a fitness program later in life is still beneficial. A half hour of walking or lifting weights can make a big impact on the health.
Withholding Water is Effective at Stopping Bladder Leaks.
Seniors who suffer from incontinence often think cutting back water intake will help. It can be dehydrating. Dehydration raises a bunch of other serious health concerns, so you cannot let your mom or dad avoid drinking to prevent bladder leaks.
Bladder leakage just happens in some. Keep incontinence pads stocked and no one needs to know. If your mom or dad doesn’t want to buy pads, a caregiver could pick them up. There are also mail order services that deliver to the door in discreet packages.
There’s No Need for Elderly Care When You’re Healthy.
Your mom and dad may feel great, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need elderly care services. Caregivers can offer transportation to appointments and stores. They can help with laundry and light housework.
If your mom and dad hate cooking a full meal, caregivers can take over. Caregivers also cover one thing some seniors miss out on after retirement – friendship.