With age, you will likely find some aspects of life more difficult than they once were. It’s important to take note of these disabilities that often afflict seniors in order to manage their effects—keep reading for advice on how to handle common age-related disabilities and to promote healthy independent senior living.
Many seniors experience joint pain, stiffness, and achiness on a regular basis. Some medications can help; also, regular light exercise and simple modifications around the home can mitigate arthritis pain and difficulties. Seniors should remain active whenever possible, taking short walks around the block to keep their bodies energized and in shape. Place important necessities such as grooming supplies, dishes, and even meal ingredients on mid-level shelves to avoid reaching up or squatting to get them, which can be difficult for seniors with arthritis.
Memory problems are common among seniors, but a few simple tips can help elderly individuals remain active and independent. Utilize to-do lists and signs around the house, marking hazards such as hot water faucets or outlets. Routine is one of the best solutions to combat memory problems, so help your loved one come up with a daily routine he or she can stick to in order to minimize the impact of memory issues. Completing puzzles, reading, and playing games can even exercise the brain and keep memory sharp.
Many seniors suffer from poor eyesight due to cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. If your loved one uses a computer, set the font to a larger setting. Buy books with large print for ease of reading; also, copy important instructions, such as medication directions, in a large print and keep these notes alongside the original packaging. Keep hallways and rooms free of clutter and well lit to avoid tripping or accidents caused by unseen hazards.
At San Clemente Villas by the Sea, we promote active and independent senior living in our luxurious retirement community. We also offer assisted living for those who need an extra helping hand to live a healthy and happy life. To learn more, visit our website or call (949) 485-4028.