That’s what you would say until the wrinkles start showing, walking up a few flights of stairs has you puffing or when your back starts to crack. As encouraging as the added experience and wisdom have on the years, it would really do a number on your physical health.
Those do help you work out an excellent wellness plan though.
Now, it might not be for you. It could be for your gramps, gran, or another elderly individual that you are taking care of. If that were the case, it would be an even bigger reason for you to look into creating a health plan.
Why work on wellness?
From the day we are born, we’re bound to grow up, grow old, and move on. In that process, a lot of existing and acquired ailments, diseases, and illnesses could spring forth. For that reason, it is highly encouraged to work on healthy practices.
Even so, there are a lot of things that have us doing otherwise. Who’s to judge though? We only live once. Why not have a little fun along the way, right?
Hey, it’s alright to let loose and have fun. While young, we have to make the most that we make of life. And while there aren’t many repercussions to working within the early years of life, such is not the case for the elderly.
Of course, fun and games are still on the table. In fact, they are highly encouraged to increase mental and social stimulation, but doing so with a complete or lenient approach towards any consequence is a no-go.
The consideration for health in the later years of life are especially emphasized for a reason. It is at this point in time that humans are most vulnerable- mentally, emotionally, and physically. Most people would shrug off doctor’s appointments unless they have any conditions to work with but for elderly individuals, a raised sensitivity and weakening immunity makes them more susceptible to anything.
Checking the checks
At first, it might not be easy, especially for individuals who aren’t the type to drop in or check-in occasionally but it’s something that has to be done- especially for those who live alone. Letting them understand that you aren’t there to spy on them but are in fact, there to work them into creating routines or planned schedules where you or anyone else can stay in touch with them to stay updated on their well-being, they’ll know it is for the best.
Once you’ve established that, the next step is to stay committed. Even if an elder person may forget, don’t go back on your words unless really necessary. If you’ve agreed to set the doctor’s weekly appointments to Tuesdays then stick to it.
The more you are able to stay on schedule, the better it would be for them to adjust or work with a given routine. Simple things such as following up with how they are doing in the weather should even have their own pattern to work with.
You can even let an emergency contact in on it.
If you are able to get in direct contact with an older loved one that would be much better. Keeping in touch face-to-face gives an even better understanding of what their living conditions may be like and it allows you to get them to a doctor or any trained medical professional earlier if the need arises.
Although it is not a given that this is would happen while you are around, you could never be too sure. Also, most physical conditions take time to develop concerning symptoms, letting elderly individuals know that it is alright to get checked every once in a while, which would be the better option.