Mothers tend to put their family’s needs ahead of their own, and that can include health issues. So, on Mother’s Day this year, show Mom how much you care about her (just as she has through the years) and help her safeguard her own health and future.
The life span of U.S. women continues to rise, with those who reach age 80 living almost 10 more years on average, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Of course, many live beyond that; about 60,000 women are 100 years old of age or older.
Family members can encourage and guide their mothers and grandmothers to make those years healthy and satisfying. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends following these tips for healthy aging for women:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and take precautions to ensure food is safe to eat.
- Use medications safely and avoid health-threatening mix-ups or incorrect doses.
- Actively manage health conditions, e.g., diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and hypertension.
- Get screened for diseases including breast cancer, colon cancer and osteoporosis.
- Stay active by participating in exercise and moving around regularly to remain fit and strong.
We would like to add a few more suggestions: maintain a healthy weight, prevent falls, get immunized (against flu, pneumonia and shingles) and have regular dental, vision and hearing exams.
Other ways to show how much you care: if you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for Mom, check out our ideas in last year’s Mother’s Day blog post, “Close to home or far away, we still depend on Mom’s words of wisdom.”
Our residents’ health is the top priority at all our senior communities
At Country Meadows Retirement Communities, our professionally trained care givers assist our residents with the same attention and compassion they would extend to their own parents or grandparents. Whether planning new social programs or assisting them with meals or daily care activities, our co-workers are committed to our residents’ wants and needs.
At Country Meadows, we want families to visit, so all our senior living options are designed to promote family togetherness. To foster family unity, we offer several spaces for family activities and celebrations. All our senior communities have private dining rooms, indoor and outdoor common areas, chapels and game rooms for families to use. We also welcome family members to join loved ones here for meals, picnics, fun activities and lifelong learning classes, as well as special off-campus programs.
At all our senior living communities in Pennsylvania and Maryland, you will find residents with full lives in a caring, family-oriented environment. Country Meadows has 10 senior communities in Pennsylvania (in Lancaster, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Pittsburgh, Wyomissing, York-South, York-West, Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton) as well as a community in Frederick, Maryland. We hope you will contact us for more information or schedule a visit so that we can acquaint you with our broad range of services.