Staying Healthy When Older

Staying Healthy When Older

I was recently commissioned by Bathing Solutions to create this piece on staying healthy when older. I’m a firm believer in promoting health and wellbeing for all ages. This blog post focuses on practical tips and adaptations which will help you and your family stay well when older.

Staying Safe At Home

Losing independence when older is a concern for many. If you are willing to make reasonable adaptations, such as considering a walk-in shower and/or a walk-bath, alongside rails where appropriate and other, smaller changes you will be proactively safeguarding your health and wellbeing at home. Changes don’t necessarily need to be major. Removing tripping hazards and generally making it easier to undertake daily routines safely will help safeguard independence for longer.

Staying Healthy When Older With Regular Exercise

Hitting a certain age doesn’t mean suddenly dropping physical activity in favour of cod liver oil and long days in your armchair. Even those who perhaps struggle to get around as easily as they once did are able to enjoy regular exercise. The key is finding the best fit for you. Whether you are looking at a regular class, sports, something at your local swimming pool or something a little different, regular exercise will boost health and is great for your social life.

Don’t Neglect Your Healthcare Routine

A large part of staying healthy when older comes down to how well you look after yourself. For example, if you have regular doctor appointments, podiatry clinics, optician appointments (etc) make sure that you devise a system that will help you to remember these. If you need to take medications regularly using some kind of reminder system, even if it is as simple as a note by the kettle or an alarm on your phone could be advantageous. I don’t qualify for the “older” title yet and even I use a pill sorter and reminder app to make sure that I take my medication regularly. 

Keeping on top of your healthcare routine is a must when prioritising staying healthy when older.

Social Lives are Important To Good Health

It is important to not underestimate the importance of your mental wellbeing. Loneliness is commonplace amongst older individuals. According to Age UK nearly a quarter of a million older folk in the UK can go a full week without speaking to someone. When you are retired and therefore no longer out and about quite as often it is easy to become isolated. 

In order to combat loneliness and safeguard your wellbeing look for social groups and activities outside of the home. This could the perfect opportunity to try something completely different, something new that you might not have considered before. Speaking to your local community care organisation, having a look at local noticeboards and even searching online are all great ways to find new ways to increase social interaction, reduce isolation and have some fun!

Staying Healthy When Older – In Conclusion

Getting older doesn’t necessarily have to be all doom and gloom, far from it. Retirement and beyond could be the beginning of a whole new and exciting chapter. Staying healthy when older, both in regards to managing your physical health and mental wellbeing, enables you to embrace the lifestyle that you have chosen to pursue. Make sure that you do prioritise this aspect of your life, and support friends and family members to do the same. 

Living With Pain

Living With Pain

Living with pain is no walk in the park. Between severe plantar fasciitis, a misaligned shoulder and pain up the neck that comes with it, IBS, diabetes and PCOS; I have my (un)fair share. When managing your pain, some might gave to change the way they do things and the pain can be restrictive. It is important to be proactive but also to avoid certain actions that can make living with pain harder than it sometimes needs to be. Here are a few examples.

Living With Pain: Hiding That You’re Hurting

When most people first start feeling pain, they put up with it and ignore it for a while. Guilty as charged. The problem with this is that, as you wait, your symptoms could be getting worse. This means, when you do eventually see a doctor, there will be a much larger issue to treat. Pain can trigger or contribute to a number of mental health issues. It’s crucial that you get professional help before this happens. 

Skipping Your Doctor Visits

Although you can find ways to manage your pain alone, you must still see your doctor regularly. The most obvious reason for this is to be sure that your pain isn’t being caused by a medical problem that needs treatment. Visiting your doctor will also help you to keep track of your pain. If it seems to be getting worse, you’ll know you have to try a different pain management method. 

Forgetting To Take Medications

Everyone forgets things now and then. However, when you forget to take the medications you’ve been prescribed, it can cause huge problems. If you have trouble remembering to take your pills, then order a pillbox and timer from Spring Chicken. This will help you to take the right medicine at the right time. Without taking your medication, your symptoms aren’t going to get any better. I now have a dated pillbox and wouldn’t be without it.

Avoiding All Physical Activity Does Always Help When Living With Pain

After an injury, you’re usually told to rest until your pain subsides. When this pain is chronic, however, you often can’t afford to do that. Exercise strengthens your muscles and increases your blood flow, both of which reduce the pressure on joints and bones. It also triggers the release of endorphins. This means, when you choose the right exercise, it can ease the pain. A physiotherapist should be able to help you identify the correct exercise types and frequency.

Holding On To Stress

There isn’t anything fun about being in pain. Because of this, it should be no surprise that pain can cause a great deal of stress. Unfortunately, the stress you feel can also make the pain worse, trapping you in a cycle. This is why you must find ways to manage your stress. There are many things you can do, including exercising daily, getting plenty of sleep, and eating right. An example of this is that I clench my shoulders up when I’m stressed, particularly about pain. This makes the problem much worse and triggers a flare up.

Living Life As Before

Living with pain shouldn’t put your life on hold. However, you can’t expect it to be exactly the same either. There may be activities you have to quit, foods you can’t eat, and habits you must overcome. Living life as you did before can make your pain even worse. For this reason, you should speak to your doctor about the things you do and ask them to suggest any changes you can make. 

Living with pain is difficult, but with clever workarounds and some support, you can do much to improve your situation.

 

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