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5 Things To Help An Elderly Person Live Longer!

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Assisted living is one option of senior care, but the cost can be prohibitive for many families, and families are increasingly faced with their loved ones’ care decisions to make.

Here are just five ways to help your loved one live longer:

1. Help With Their Medications

Our older ones have numerous medications to help with various aging-related conditions. As a result, keeping track of medication schedules and potential interactions between them can be a huge task. Verifying your older one’s prescriptions, or even consulting with their doctor or pharmacist is helpful to check for any interactions between their various medications can go a long way to relieve them of that stress.

2. Arrange Transportation For Them

As you grow older, so does your bones and muscles gets worn out and weak. Bone and muscle weakness may impair your loved one’s ability to drive. This also makes them increasingly liable to physical injury that could be sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Individuals aged 65 and over are prone to sustain fatal injuries in an accident than those aged 25-64.

One major way to reduce these risks is to free your older ones from having to drive at all. Transportation can be coordinated among family members, or scheduled with a taxi or driving service. Arranging transportation ensures your loved one can freely attend appointments and errands while avoiding the risks of driving.

3. Arrange Food Delivery For Them

Another vital way to reduce risks associated with the older ones driving is to arrange food delivery. Since shopping is a necessary errand, having food and other essential needs delivered directly to their home will reduce their need to drive.

4. Spend More Time With Them

Social interaction is a key part of living a long and healthy life. This is especially true for the older ones, who often experience little interaction after retirement, grown children moving away, the loss of friends and loved ones.

Individuals who are isolated and lonely are at higher risk of developing serious health problems such as heart disease, infections, and cognitive decline. Companionship reduces stress, making the older ones body less vulnerable to health problems.

5. Get Them a Medical Alert System

One option for ensuring your elderly loved ones’ safety while they maintain their independence is to get them an emergency button alert system. These systems involve devices that individuals wear or place around their home, which they can use to call for immediate medical assistance.

 

Helping your loved one doesn’t have to come at a huge time or monetary expense. Taking even some of the steps above can go a long way in keeping your loved one safer and less stressed, which improves their quality of life and the length of their lives.

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