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Health Tips for the Elderly by K. Verdugo

We are living longer and we need to keep ourselves in good health physically and mentally as we age.  Marque Urgent Care takes pride in providing care to patients of all ages and especially the elderly community.  Here are some tips for the older generation to stay happy and healthy:

Balanced Diet

Following a healthy lifestyle is important at every age and the usual rules also apply to the elderly.  A balanced diet with lots of protein, fresh fruit and vegetables (especially for fiber and vitamins) is important for the following reasons:

  • Maintaining muscle and bone strength.
  • Keeping a healthy immune system.
  • Normal bowel activity.
  • Many other body functions that can deteriorate as the years go by.

Vitamins and Minerals

The benefits of taking vitamin and mineral supplements are controversial. If your diet isn’t great, a general multivitamin every day is a good consideration. There are plenty of other supplements you can try (depending on what you perceive your health issues to be).  For instance, zinc has research-based evidence concluding that it may reduce the length of cold symptoms and it also can help improve wound healing.  Always consult with a physician first if you have pre-existing medical conditions before taking mineral supplements.

Staying Mobile as You Age

Keeping mobile is a key aspect of staying healthy as a person ages; and daily exercise is essential. The longer you’re able to get yourself up and about with ease, whether to get out and socialize or even just to move about your home, the longer you’re likely to remain independent and well.  Any exercise which gets you up on your feet while bearing the weight of your own body will help to keep the muscles active, bones strong, and maintain core strength and balance.  Join an exercise group for older people in your local gym if you need ideas or guidance.

Falling

Elderly people are more susceptible to falling.  The greatest risk is a broken bone. Working on muscle strength and balance can help reduce the risk of falls. Other strategies to mitigate the chance of falling at home include the following: remove items that could cause tripping (such as loose carpets), put in rails, and adapt and secure furniture.

Preventing Infections

After our late 50s, the risk of infections rise rapidly because the normal balance of activity in the immune system is lost. Fewer and fewer cells are available to recognize and fight new infections.  As a result, it becomes vital to avoid infections if possible, or get treatment swiftly when they do occur. Steer clear of people with flu, colds, or stomach upsets.  Wash your hands regularly to reduce the chances of picking up micro-organisms through contact.  Make sure that any food you eat has been cooked thoroughly. If you’re prone to urinary tract infections try to drink plenty of fluids to keep the urinary tract flushed through.

Vaccinations

We‘re all familiar with the importance of childhood vaccinations but there’s a new move now to look at vaccinating people throughout their life.  For example, by increasing the use of vaccination with older age groups can prevent problems such as pneumonia or shingles. Marque Urgent Care can tell you more about which vaccines are available for the older age group in addition to any other age ranging from babies to young adults.

The information provided is for general interest only and should not be misconstrued as a diagnosis, prognosis or treatment recommendation. This information does not in any way constitute the practice of medicine, or any other health care profession. Readers are directed to consult their health care provider regarding their specific health situation. Marque Medical is not liable for any action taken by a reader based upon this information.