Healthy Aging: 4 Health Tips for Senior MenJune 06, 2016 | Chateau Brickyard
June is when we celebrate Father's Day and observe Men's Health Month, which is why it's a great time to discuss senior health tips for men. Read on to discover some of the health issues facing the senior men in our lives, and our suggestions for maintaining a healthy body and mind.
Risks for Seniors
Not having a primary care physician
Research suggests that men are less likely than women to seek counseling in times of stress or suffering, such as during the transition to retirement or through a major life change like divorce. Senior males who speak to a qualified professional have lower blood pressure, more regular heartbeats, and fewer associated side effects, like headaches and stomach pains. Senior males are also less likely to have a primary care physician (PCP) who they see for regular routine care. That means men who don't have a doctor aren't scheduling important annual check-ups necessary to diagnose and prevent disease and illness. Some of the health issues that senior men are more likely to suffer from and should be screened for are:
- Heart disease
- Respiratory diseases
- Alcohol abuse
- Skin cancer
Eye health issues
Eye health is another issue that can negatively impact active senior living, as poor eyesight impedes the ability to safely navigate one's world. Having vision problems that are left unattended can lead to issues like risky driving behaviors or social isolation if vision loss causes fears about leaving the home. The American Optometric Association recommends that seniors make regular visits to their optometrist to catch any signs of macular degeneration, dry eye, glaucoma, and other disorders.
Changes in sleep patterns might also affect men. Sleep needs may change once they reach retirement age, after an injury or illness, or after starting a new medication, and a lack of quality sleep can leave them feeling tired, groggy, unable to focus, forgetful and moody. If you live in an independent living community like Chateau Brickyard, staff can help to make accommodations for better sleep, like getting into a set routine.
Now that we've discussed just some of the senior health issues affecting the male population, here are some strategies for better health and improved quality of life in active senior communities.
Senior Men Health Tips
See your doctor regularly
There are many health tips for seniors, but the first and possibly most important is for senior males to visit their doctor regularly. As mentioned above, men are more likely to avoid medical appointments and yearly check-ups, which can lead to complications and prevent early diagnosis of major diseases. Flu and pneumonia vaccines, yearly skin cancer screenings, vision tests, and medication reviews are all important preventative measures. Having convenient access to health centers makes it easier for men to obtain the care they need. At Chateau Brickyard, we are located near the area's top medical centers, which allows us to provide premier independent living for seniors in Salt Lake City, UT.
Being physically active is imperative for physical and emotional well-being. We encourage our residents to participate in some form of exercise or physical activity daily (after clearing it with their doctors) for maximum health and social benefits. Exercising regularly can help with weight management, improved quality of sleep, improved mental health and mood, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced risk/effects of Type 2 Diabetes, reduced risk of some cancers, and strengthened bones and muscles. Members of our senior living community love our on-site fitness center and exercise classes, where we host strength training, sit and stretch for enhanced flexibility, and Move to the Music classes. Other favorite activities include Wii bowling and chair yoga!
Healthy, great-tasting food is important for both the body and mind. At Chateau Brickyard, we are committed to providing our active senior living residents with meals that deliver essential nutrients and contribute to a balanced diet. Our dining options offer plenty of choices to satisfy our residents' varied tastes and special requests. We follow dietary guidelines by providing fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain breads and pastries, lean meats, dairy, low-sugar and no-sugar drinks and desserts, as well as coffees and teas.
It's crucial for senior men to stay connected to family and friends into old age. Staying socially active is great for the spirit, the immune system, and the mind. Residents of active senior living communities often have the opportunity to volunteer in their communities. These volunteer opportunities allow residents to bond and socialize with each other while giving back to a good cause. Our activities calendar also features fun activities like arts & crafts, music programs, book club meetings, and outdoor excursions.
Health is important and should remain a life-long priority. Whether the senior in your life is recovering from illness, or simply wants to focus on healthier living, we hope these health tips for men provided helpful guidance. If you're interested in learning more about independent living services for seniors at Chateau Brickyard, or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us today to discuss the best solutions for you and your loved one.
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