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Encouraging Your Elderly Loved One to Make Healthier Choices

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Seniors who want to age successfully need to make healthy lifestyle choices. However, many need a good support system in place to start down this path and stick to it. Here are some tips family caregivers in Fort Myers, FL, can use to encourage their senior loved ones to make healthier decisions. 

Schedule Regular Doctor Visits and Testing

Many seniors have poor health because they are unaware of their options, and some even live with an illness or disease for a long time without knowing. Encouraging your loved one to schedule regular doctor visits and tests increases the odds of being diagnosed with age-related conditions early on. As a result, your loved one can receive the medical treatment he or she needs to manage a condition or eliminate it altogether. 

Create More Opportunities for Socialization

Social connections can help keep your loved one emotionally healthy, and one of your jobs when providing Fort Myers home care is preventing him or her from becoming isolated. Sign your loved one up for as many activities as possible, including senior programs at the YMCA, library, church, and other local organizations. You can also teach him or her to use smartphones, computers, and other web-enabled devices. By using social apps, your loved one can communicate with family and friends and prevent isolation.

Serve Appealing Foods

Foods that look appetizing may pique your loved one’s interest and encourage him or her to eat healthier. Colorful foods, such as salads filled with fruits and vegetables, are visually appealing to seniors. Do not overload the plate with food because it may encourage your loved one to overeat. You can also get your loved one directly involved when creating healthy meals, and the presentation may be better when it includes foods he or she enjoys eating. 

Allow for Greater Independence 

Do not let your loved one get into the habit of allowing you to do everything for him or her. Instead, encourage your loved one to assist with the daily activities he or she is able to perform, which may include folding laundry, going to the grocery store, planting in the garden, and cooking meals. Performing these activities can help your loved one maintain good cognitive function, stay physically healthier, and live independently for a longer period.

If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat well, stimulate their minds, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. In addition to our respite and live-in care services, we also offer comprehensive stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care Fort Myers seniors can rely on. For more information on our in-home care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 239.449.4701 to schedule a free consultation.