Easing chronic conditions in senior citizen living requires a comprehensive approach that includes medical management, lifestyle changes and support from caregivers. There are strategies that may prove helpful.
Consult with healthcare professionals
Seek regular medical care and follow advice from healthcare providers specializing in specific chronic conditions in senior citizen living. Doctors can recommend appropriate treatments, medication and therapies tailored to individual needs.
It’s important to remember that the doctor is a partner in care. While patients should follow the physician’s advice, it is critical also to take responsibility to listen to one’s own body and track changes. For example, if one has hypertension, it is important to frequently take blood pressure readings and keep a record of results. Home monitoring can help identify potentially harmful changes before they become troublesome.
Ensure that medications are taken as prescribed and communicate concerns or side effects to the healthcare provider. Set reminders to help with medication adherence. Medication organizers can be a great help.
Encourage a well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. Many senior citizen living communities have professional staff who may be able to assist in specialized diets for specific chronic conditions. Consult with a registered dietician for personalized dietary recommendations.
Engage in regular physical activity appropriate for abilities and health conditions. Senior citizen living communities often have professional fitness team members on staff who can help tailor a custom exercise program to aid in managing the symptoms of chronic conditions. Activities such as walking, gentle stretching and low-impact exercises are good choices. In addition to helping to manage chronic conditions, physical activity also can help manage weight, improve mobility, boost mood and enhance overall well-being. Country Meadows offers a robust schedule of exercise classes, group walks and other fun opportunities for seniors to get in physical activity.
Chronic conditions often come with pain. Healthcare providers can develop a pain management plan that may include medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy or alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage. Senior citizen living communities like Country Meadows may have on-site professional staff to provide physical and occupational therapies.
Emotional and mental health
Chronic conditions can take a toll on mental health. It is important to encourage those in senior citizen living to engage in social interactions, hobbies and activities that bring joy. If needed, consider seeking professional help such as counseling or therapy to address emotional or psychological challenges.
Adapting self-care techniques can help maintain a balance between mind, body and spirit. Self-care practices are based on personal preferences and life experiences. While one person might feel relaxed after spending time outdoors in nature, someone else might enjoy listening to soothing music. For this reason, how to achieve optimal wellness is up to each individual. There are a variety of ways to create a custom self-care plan for a senior citizen living his or her best life. It’s a good idea to have multiple activities to choose from to develop a self-care plan that best suits the individual.
Loneliness and isolation can worsen chronic conditions. Residents in senior citizen living should be encouraged to participate in regular social interactions and community activities. Arrange visits from family members and friends to provide additional companionship and connection.
According to Harvard Health, the more a patient knows about their condition, the better equipped they’ll be to understand what’s happening and why. While the physician should be the primary source of information, senior citizen living professionals can provide assistance researching trusted sources of medical information on the web.
Schedule regular check-ups to monitor chronic conditions and address changes or concerns. Stay updated on vaccinations, screenings and preventative care recommended for your age group. A senior citizen living community can assist in recording appointments and understanding recommendations.
A senior citizen living community such as Country Meadows provides an environment that actively promotes socialization, companionship and engagement to enhance overall well-being for seniors.
Country Meadows Retirement Communities offers numerous amenities, activities and opportunities for engagement for residents to lead enriching lives at our nine campuses in Pennsylvania and one in Frederick, Maryland. Seniors and their family members are welcome to pay us a visit and see first-hand the many opportunities offered to residents to keep them engaged and involved. Please contact us today for more information about our communities. We’re here to help.