Health for Aging Veterans Is About More Than Just the Physical
Home Care for Veterans
It’s easy for people to talk about healthy living as being about diet and exercise, but it’s also about many other aspects beyond just the physical. For veterans, being physical was a part of their life, especially during their time of service. As they get older, though, their physical capabilities begin to change and their muscles weaken.
Staying healthy is a matter of eating right and getting plenty of exercise every single day. That includes for aging veterans, whether they’re in their 70s, 80s, 90s, or are even older. In fact, most medical professionals agree that seniors should be getting a minimum of 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day, regardless of their health issues. That’s because cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart muscles. It’s those heart muscles that move oxygen and nutrients throughout the body more efficiently.
June is Men’s Health Education and Awareness Month, which makes it a great time to talk about the value of emotional and mental health, too.
Not enough people pay close attention to their mental health. Most people have a pretty good understanding about their emotional health and when they are depressed, feeling down, or can’t seem to find motivation, they’re not quite emotionally healthy. Mental health is far too often overlooked.
Staying mentally healthy is a matter of exercising the brain, just like the body. Unfortunately, in our society with television programs constantly running, hundreds of channels to choose from, smart phone devices, tablets, and other technology, it’s provided an opportunity for people to be as passive as possible.
Watching television or movies is a passive activity that doesn’t provide any real exercise or benefit for the brain. Without proper exercise, the risk of developing certain forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, can increase with age. Reading, doing puzzles, playing games, and even writing can all be great activities that stimulate the brain.
The more men and women, veterans of all ages, understand the value of physical, emotional, and mental health and what they can do to improve it for themselves, the more likely they will be proactive.
Some veterans may have difficulty taking on a variety of tasks because of their physical limitations, which is where home care can play an instrumental role. With the right home care aide supporting an elderly veteran, he or she should be able to stay as healthy as possible in every aspect for as long as possible.
If you or a loved one are considering home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination. Call today: 1-855-777-4693