As your body ages, good health will eventually become something that you can no longer take for granted. If your elderly mother is entering the stages of her life where this is the case for her, there are a few things you can do to help her keep her health as good as possible, for as long as possible.
Encourage Your Elderly Mother to Moderate Her Alcohol Intake
Some alcoholic beverages, such as wine, do have moderate health benefits. However, many of these benefits can be obtained in other ways. For example, drinking grape juice or eating grapes can provide many of the benefits of drinking wine; if your elderly mother cannot do this or is not willing to do this, you can purchase capsules containing some of the compounds found inside of grapes instead.
While it’s not necessarily a requirement to stop drinking altogether, you should encourage your elderly mother to limit her intake of alcohol. There are a number of health issues that can be caused by drinking too much, and just not that many benefits to it that cannot be duplicated through other means. So, for the sake of her health, you should encourage your elderly mother to reconsider having that drink.
If your elderly mother smokes, encourage her to stop. There are no known health benefits from this habit, and far too many problems to list here. Suffice to say that tobacco use is the #1 factor in preventable deaths in the U.S. That’s serious enough to warrant a talk with your mother if she uses tobacco.
Encourage a Good Diet and Regular Exercise
The thing that is true when you are 20 is still true when you are 70: a good diet and regular exercise will go a long ways towards improving not only the duration of life but the quality of life, as well. If your elderly mother already eats well and exercises regularly, encourage her to continue! If she doesn’t, encourage her to make some healthy changes. It’s never too late to get on the path to better health, and picking up these two habits is a great place to start.
Help Your Elderly Mother Maintain an Active Social Life
Some seniors lose touch with their friends and family members as they age. This is unhealthy, as normal social interaction promotes better emotional and even physical health. Help your elderly mother to keep in touch, and help her get to regular social outings.
Go to the Doctor and Enjoy Life
Your elderly mother should continue to see her doctor regularly. Doing so will help the doctor to catch problematic issues before they grow large enough to cause too much trouble.
Also, help her to continue engaging in enjoyable activities. Anything that stimulates her mind will help her to stave off the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and can contribute to a better overall quality of life.
Just because your mother is aging doesn’t mean she cannot be healthy. For more information about senior issues, feel free to contact the Birmingham Assisted Living experts here at the Cottages.