With age, seniors have a higher risk of a variety of diseases, illnesses, injuries, and other health concerns. Active senior living can help to minimize these risks, but some conditions are not quite so easily preventable. Certain illnesses can affect all seniors regardless of whether they live in a retirement resort, nursing home, or private home. Know your risk factors and what you can do to avoid the following health concerns:
- Respiratory Illnesses - Viruses or diseases that affect the lungs are particularly dangerous for seniors. Pneumonia and influenza in particular can necessitate hospitalization of an elderly person. Seasonal vaccines are available that can minimize your risk and are often reserved for infants and seniors before being made available to the general public. At any age, it is important to get adequate sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise in order to improve immune system health.
- Physical Injuries - Decreased mobility combined with declining vision and weakened muscles is a recipe for a fall. Falls that result in broken bones often leave seniors immobilized for weeks in the hospital, further increasing the risk of developing additional diseases like pneumonia. Active senior living can help you maintain mobility and stamina. Minimize fall risks by keeping your home well lit and clutter free.
- Mental Health Problems - Mental health is a huge concern among the elderly, and not just in relation to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Seniors tend to isolate themselves and draw away from social interaction. This can set the stage for feelings of depression and other mental disorders. Staying involved in a retirement community and keeping in regular contact with friends and family can help you maintain top mental health.
At San Clemente Villas by the Sea, our assisted living and luxury retirement community is here to help you stay healthy, fit, and active throughout your golden years. Give us a call at (949) 485-4028 to learn more about our retirement resort and the benefits of active senior living.