Top health tips for seniors to maintain their independence and weight

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Seniors face multiple challenges as they age, but maintaining their independence and a healthy weight are crucial factors. The elderly often live alone and lose their enthusiasm or ability to cook. In addition, they may face problems with mobility and transportation, so keeping their independence is a struggle. However, there are steps that seniors and their families can take to help them stay in their homes.

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Using medical alert systems

Seniors are frequently isolated and live alone, so they are not able to reach help during an emergency. They may have multiple health problems, become more susceptible to falls and not be able to get to a phone. Medical alert systems for seniors have saved many lives and allowed people to remain in their homes longer. These systems give the elderly the ability to contact emergency services with automatic fall detection, GPS, monitoring programs and check-in services.

Although serious injuries are usually the main focus after a fall, the impact on nutrition in the elderly should not be ignored. A study from the University of Cambridge found that seniors often spend a long time on the floor before they receive help. In some cases, hours or days may pass as the senior is powerless and unable to get up. They may miss important medications, multiple meals and see their blood sugar levels change. For seniors who are already struggling with their weight, a fall can have detrimental long-term effects on their health.

Getting nutrition advice and support

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Although some seniors need to lose weight, there is a segment of the population that struggles to gain weight and maintain it at a healthy level. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases points out that seniors tend to lose muscle mass as they age. In addition, they often have less active lifestyles, so calories are harder to burn. Medical experts recommend that seniors eat nutrient dense foods to avoid weight problems.

According to the Mayo Clinic, malnutrition is a common issue among the elderly that leads to immune system problems and weakness. It may be caused by multiple factors such as lack of transportation and mobility concerns, so seniors cannot reach grocery stores or purchase their own food. Other factors range from limited incomes to lack of motivation. Depression and isolation discourage many seniors from eating a healthy diet.

Seniors should reach out to their primary care providers for help, but friends and family members also need to take action. They may need your help in getting to a store, putting together a shopping list or putting away groceries at home. They may also need companionship because eating alone can get tiresome. You should discuss diet and weight concerns with medical staff before problems become worse.

Seniors can keep their independence with the right systems and support, but it takes an active commitment to help them stay in their homes. Medical alert systems and easy access to emergency services are essential. In addition, nutrition support and weight management are crucial and should not be ignored.

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