There’s a lot of advice out there for how to help your aging relative stay healthy. Much of it is good advice, based on real research and scientific proof. Some of it, though, is based on half-truths and myths. To help you find some useful and real advice, we’ve gathered a couple of the Internet’s best science backed advice that could help your older family member stay healthier.
Stay Active to Prevent Falls
In a study of 345 people aged 70 and older, researchers found that starting an exercise routine helped seniors to avoid suffering a second fall. It also helped them to be more flexible, remain more mobile, and remain independent. The exercise program the participants used involved both strength and exercise lessons. The strength exercises focused on building up the ankles, knees, and hips. Balance exercises involved walking backwards, walking on heels, walking on toes, and knee bends.
If your older family member isn’t currently as active as they could be, a senior care provider can help them to move more. Senior care providers can take walks with the older adult, helping them to keep their lower body strong. If the older adult has been referred to a physical therapist to build up strength and balance, a senior care provider can drive them to their appointments.
Use More Herbs and Spices and Less Salt
According to the American Heart Association, many people in the United States consume more than 3,400 mg of sodium per day. That’s more than 1,000 mg than the recommended amount for good health. As people age, they are more likely to develop high blood pressure. Eating too much salt has been proven to contribute to high blood pressure. Seniors should aim to eat no more than 2,300 mg of salt per day. In fact, it’s even better if they stick to 1,500 mg per day if they have high blood pressure.
It can be difficult to use less salt since food may taste bland. To enhance the flavor of foods without salt, use more herbs and spices. Some herbs and spices have even been shown to have health benefits. For example, ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory effects and contain antioxidants that help fight cell damage.
Senior care providers can cook healthy, balanced meals that use less salt. A senior care provider can use herbs and spices to flavor the foods, so your older family member will enjoy eating and look forward to healthy meals.
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