The Advantage Home Health Solutions team hopes you had a very Merry Christmas! Of course, we also hope that you have a very Happy New Year as well! There are only two days left in 2020. And, for most people, that’s two days too many. 2020 has been a year of many hardships. Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has significantly changed the ways in which we live our lives.
Social distancing, for example, is a necessary step towards preventing the spread of the virus. However, it also increases feelings of loneliness and isolation. This is especially prevalent amongst older adults. In 2021, we certainly hope to see an end to COVID-19. But with New Year’s Day almost here, it’s important for older adults to take some immediate steps towards having a happy new year.
Here are three:
1. Eat a more nutritious diet.
Diet and exercise are recommended to people of all ages. However, it should go without saying that, the older we get, the more susceptible we are to ill health. Especially as we continue to battle the pandemic, eating nutrient-dense foods is an important way to keep our immune systems strong.
“You need fewer calories with aging, but just as many nutrients,” informs Chartwell.com, “Eat more nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood, lean meats and poultry, beans, nuts, and seeds. Also consider consuming less sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts, white bread and pasta made from refined grains, advises the National Institutes of Health (NIH).”
2. Get tech savvy.
Generally speaking, older adults and an inability to understand modern technology go hand in hand. It’s time to break that stereotype! As a senior, there is still plenty that you can get out of surfing the internet, engaging in video chats and streaming new music. Don’t think you’re out of your league. According to ComfortKeepers.ca, seniors are the fastest growing segment of computer users.
“If Grandma and Grandpa do not already have a computer, now is the time to expand their horizons!” their site encourages, “It might seem a bit intimidating at first, but once they are comfortable their prowess might surprise you…You also get the chance to observe the general appearance of the senior and to check for signs of good or failing health.”
3. Think positively.
It’s important to remember that a positive mindset can work wonders for a person’s physical well-being. However, it’s vital to keep in mind that seniors often have the toughest times maintaining their positive emotions. This is particularly true for those who live alone and may feel isolated. It’s also a tough reality for seniors who contend with mobility issues and feel anxiety about their loss of independence.
What can you do to help your elderly loved ones feel happier? As Chartwell.com informs us, “studies show that a positive attitude has been linked to faster and better recovery from injury or disability, lower risk of chronic disease and memory loss, less isolation and loneliness, and handling stress better without ignoring difficulties, according to Dalhousie University.”
At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we proudly offer a wide variety of mobility solutions that can help the older adults in your life to have happy new years. To learn more about them, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact page! Happy New Year!