Make their home safer
Unfortunately, falls are a common and serious problem for the elderly. Limited mobility can increase the risk of falling and vice versa. “Fall-proofing” a house is one of the essential tips for caring for a senior with limited mobility.
First, handrails are a must. These should be installed in areas like the stairs, bathroom, shower, and hallways. Next, avoid leaving objects and clutter on the floor, especially things like balls or shoes. Reduce the risk of slipping and falling by installing rubberized mats in the shower and not placing loose floor rugs on wood or tile flooring. Lastly, keep areas well-lit to increase visibility.
Eat right, stay light
Obesity is a contributing factor to many diseases including heart disease and diabetes. The extra weight can also take its toll on bones and joints, especially as the body ages. On the other end, being underweight can decrease lifespan and quality of life. Malnutrition or undernutrition is usually the cause for a senior to be underweight.
A healthy diet for a senior should include all major food groups and the essential macro and micronutrients. Protein intake is especially important as people get older to maintain muscle mass. However, people with kidney problems may need to eat less protein. It is important to talk to your doctor about your diet, medications, and lifestyle changes.