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Encouraging Loved Ones to Schedule a Doctor’s Visit

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According to surveys, men are less likely to consult a medical professional about symptoms than women. If your loved one refuses to see a doctor — whether it’s skipping an annual checkup or refusing to get treatment when they’re hurt or sick — you might be worried about how this will affect their overall health and safety.

This Men’s Health Month, encourage the men in your life to make that doctor’s appointment! Here are some techniques you can try:

Approach the Topic with Concern, But Don’t Expect Too Much

Seniors can be extremely stubborn, especially elderly parents who are used to being the authority figure at home. You don’t have to undermine your loved ones when you’re trying to convince them to make a doctor’s appointment. Instead, let them know about your concerns by respectfully and lovingly addressing them in conversation.

Remember to set realistic expectations; there’s no guarantee that your loved one will fold after the first try.

Suggest Other Reasons for a Doctor’s Visit

Sometimes the most obvious reasons won’t be enough to convince your loved one. Discuss with them other possible reasons to pay the doctor a visit and the benefits your loved one can gain.

Offer to Make an Appointment for Them

Some seniors have a difficult time arranging doctor’s appointments, often because of physical or cognitive disabilities that prevent them from doing it.
Luckily for you, we at Lowenhill Home Care Services are more than ready to help.
We can make sure your loved ones make it to their appointments, whether medical or otherwise.

To learn more about our services, please contact us, today!

Therapeutic Activities Seniors Should Try

When you’re older, it’s easier to fall into habits such as sitting in front of the television for hours on end. This is the default activity for many seniors, but it doesn’t have to continue that way.

There are tons of senior-friendly activities that older adults can do to maintain overall strength and flexibility.

Today, we at Lowenhill Home Care Services are sharing this list of therapeutic activities seniors should try. These activities are cost-effective and safe for everyone. However, we do recommend you ask your doctor for permission before starting any of them.

  1. Animal Therapy
    Many seniors may have trouble connecting with others. Animal therapy is a great way to help make bonding time with others easier for older adults.

    Animal therapy also offers other benefits, such as:

    • Fighting depression
    • Decreasing feelings of loneliness
    • Improving motor skills
    • Lowering blood pressure
  2. Physical Activity
    Many seniors avoid exercise for fear of getting into accidents. However, exercise is the best way to strengthen bones and muscles, which can lead to lesser falls and trips

    Some senior-friendly options include:

    • Swimming
    • Yoga
    • Golfing or fishing
    • Strength training
    • Taking community classes such as dancing or aerobics
  3. Music Therapy
    Several studies show that music can have a variety of positive effects on the senior mind. For patients with dementia, listening to familiar songs may help bring back feelings or memories. It can also relax anxious nerves and help boost a senior’s mood.

    Give your loved ones the support and care they need. Call us today to learn more about our programs and services!

Arthritis: Prevention and Treatments for Seniors

caregiver stretching the knee of senior man

According to a 2013-2015 survey conducted by the CDC, 49.6% of people ages 65 years or older were reported to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

Arthritis can affect any part of a senior’s body; however, symptoms are most felt in the hands, knees, hips, and lower back. Often, this can make activities, such as exercise and chores, impossible for seniors to complete. This may lead to other physical, mental, and medical conditions such as weight gain, depression and anxiety, and even heart disease.

Early Signs of Arthritis in Seniors

If you or your loved one are experiencing joint pain, redness, swelling, or tenderness, it could be a sign that you have arthritis. While there is currently no way to cure arthritis, there are several steps you can take to minimize your chances of developing the condition:

  1. Eat a nutritious, well-balanced diet, focusing on anti-inflammatory foods such as oily fish, nuts, olive oils, and berries.
  2. Do low-impact exercises that help improve strength and flexibility, such as swimming, yoga, tai-chi, or walking.
  3. Maintaining a healthy weight to reduce joint pressure.

Living with Joint Pain

While arthritis can be independently managed by seniors through careful practices, it’s a serious disease and can affect every part of their well-being.

Lowenhill Home Care Services can provide your loved ones with the appropriate support and care to help them live a healthy and safe life despite arthritis. With the help of our skilled caregivers, your loved ones can continue living independently in the comforts of their own home.

From personal care needs to running errands, you can rest assured that your seniors will be well-taken care of!

Call us to learn more about our programs and offers today!

Useful Tips to Help Seniors Eat Healthier at Home

senior man and caregiver talking

When seniors live alone, it’s difficult to determine whether their eating right or they’re just preparing the easiest meal they can make. Getting the right nutrition is especially important for seniors, so this should be something to think about when you make care arrangements.

If you’re worried about your loved one’s eating habits, here are several things we at Lowenhill Home Care Services suggest you do.

  1. Prepare Food Ahead of Time
    Pre-made food can be stored in the freezer for three to four days. Make sure to fix your loved ones a healthy meal that they can simply heat in the microwave.

  2. Buy More Fruits and Vegetables
    A simple way to make sure that your loved ones eat healthier is by giving them easier access to nutritious food. You can do this by stocking up the pantry with fresh, frozen fruits and vegetables that they can use in their meals for the rest of the week.

  3. Make Cooking an Exciting Activity
    If your loved one isn’t someone who likes to cook that much, then you can encourage them to do it more often by giving them recipes of food that they will enjoy.

  4. Ask for Professional Help
    A skilled home health aide can support and assist your loved ones with almost everything they need, from personal care and companionship to meal preparation and medication management.

To learn more about our services, please contact us today!