June is set aside to celebrate the men in our lives; whether it’s our own fathers, husbands, brothers or sons. National Men’s Health Week kicks off the Monday before and ends on Father’s Day. This week long event is meant to bring awareness to the health problems facing men. If you have an aging father or loved one, then you are likely well aware of the issues facing him as he ages. This year for Father’s Day consider giving the gift of a caregiver to help him stay healthy, happy and thriving at home.
Here are 4 ways a Caregiver can help your Dad this year.
Keep Him Active
Studies show that seniors who do any amount of exercise live longer and have lower risk of disability. However, it’s reported that only 35% of adults over 75 are physically active. A home caregiver can help your senior loved one stay active by helping him engage in a variety of physical activities. Whether it is a simple walk around the neighborhood or assistance with pruning and watering the garden, a caregiver can be the helping hand your loved one needs to get up and be active.
Proper Meal Preparation
Proper nutrition is essential for seniors as it’s vital for healthy aging. Yet, many seniors have difficulty with the tasks involved with preparing meals. A recent study focusing on food insecurity among the elderly found that while some seniors may have the financial resources to purchase food, oftentimes they do not have the resources to access or prepare food due to functional limitations, lack of transportation or health problems. This is where a caregiver could be of assistance. Assisted caregivers can take on the burden of daily tasks and chores associated with grocery shopping and healthy meal preparation to ensure your dad or loved one is getting the nutrition needed for healthy aging.
Older people are particularly vulnerable to isolation and loneliness. According to a recent study by researchers at University of Southern California San Francisco, 43% of seniors who live alone report feeling lonely on a regular basis. Oftentimes loneliness is more than just a simple emotional experience. Research shows that seniors who reported feeling lonely are likely to decline in health faster than their more social counterparts. Assisted Home Health caregivers can provide your loved one company and companionship when you are unable to.
Reduced Accidents & Falls
Falling at home can be a frightening experience especially for those who are older or living alone. Falls are a leading cause of injury among seniors with more than 33% of people 65 or older involved in falls each year. A caregiver can offer help with everyday activities like bathing and personal care which can help reduce the risk of falls and help improve independent, safe living at home.
To learn more about Assisted Caregivers or the other services we offer, call 800-949-6555 or visit us at www.assisted1.com.