Starting a new year is a great chance to commit to healthier living, no matter a person’s age. After all, it’s never too late for your loved one to enjoy the benefits that come with exercise and a better diet. Whether you care for an aging parent or loved one, or you are concerned about their health and wellness, with smart planning, you can make the journey towards healthier living a little bit easier. Vancouver Home Care Assistance offers a few tips for how to help seniors start 2015 with healthy habits.
- Take stock of your loved one’s starting point. It’s easy for a senior to get discouraged when trying to achieve new fitness goals. After all, progress can be slow, challenges may arise, and motivation can be lost. Before starting out any new fitness or diet plan, take stock of your loved one’s current fitness status. Start by recording their weight, BMI, and WHR, or waist-to-height ratio. You also might find it helpful to keep a food diary for a few days. Armed with this information, you can track progress, identify effective strategies, and have better data for your family member’s physician. Your loved one will also enjoy seeing results over time!
- Consult with medical professionals. Experts recommend that adults should exercise about 30-40 minutes a day for 3-5 days a week. However, starting an exercise routine can pose a real risk, especially if your loved one suffers from a medical condition. Have a quick chat with his or her physician to discuss what exercise level is appropriate and safe. Additionally, your loved one’s doctor will likely have useful input that will help make the journey more productive.
- Create a network of support. Studies have shown that weight loss is likely to be more successful if a support network, of sorts, is in place. Sure, sometimes these can be formal groups that require memberships, but informal groups work too. To set up this network, you can have a quick chat with friends of your loved one, other family members, or even professional caregivers in Vancouver. The bottom line is that healthy living goals are much more likely to succeed if a system of support is in place.
Help your aging loved one start the New Year off right with the above tips for healthy living. If you believe that your parent or family member may need additional support at home, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Vancouver today. Our hourly and live-in care caregivers are available 24/7 and can assist seniors with daily tasks such as cooking, light housekeeping, medication reminders, transportation and so much more. For more information or to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 778-279-3634 and speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Care Manager.