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Tips to Stay Healthy for Aging Veterans at Home

Care for Aging Veterans in Stamford CT

We are constantly bombarded with bacteria, germs, viruses, and so many other things that threaten our health on a daily basis. In just about everyone’s home there are millions upon millions of bacteria and germs that can threaten a person’s health and well-being. For aging veterans living at home, whether they live alone or not, staying healthy can be a greater challenge, mostly because the immune system becomes weaker over time.

Here are some tips that can help elderly veterans and other seniors stay healthier at home, whether they rely on extra care or not.

Healthy Tip #1: Wash hands frequently.

This is a health tip that has been shared frequently through the years: wash your hands frequently. Whether the elderly veteran uses antibacterial soap or not, washing their hands is one of the best defense mechanisms against bacteria and germs entering the body.

That’s because most people will touch their face dozens of times throughout the day, mostly without even realizing it.

Care for Aging Veterans in Stamford CTHealthy Tip #2: Keep track of perishable food items.

Any type of meat, whether it is chicken, poultry, or something else that goes bad in the refrigerator can pose a serious health risk to anyone. It can also contaminate other food items, especially if they are open in the refrigerator.

The veteran should keep track of these perishable food items and throw out anything that has passed its expiration date.

Healthy Tip #3: Get exercise.

It’s important for people of all ages get exercise. In fact, most doctors recommend seniors get at least 15 minutes of solid, cardiovascular exercise every day. This means the heart rate should be elevated for 15 minutes every day, at a minimum.

While this may be a concern to some, especially family members concerned about their loved ones health, the main focus is to strengthen the heart muscles. The more exercise or it gets, the stronger it can become.

Important note: before starting any exercise regimen, the elderly veteran should consult his doctor to make sure he is healthy enough for that particular type of exercise activity.

Healthy Tip #4: Eat right.

The foods a person eats can have a direct impact on their health. Fatty, high cholesterol foods can lead to an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and other health emergencies. Eating more fruits and vegetables, especially green vegetables, can provide the valuable nutrients the body needs to stay healthy.

If the veteran has difficulty maintaining his health at home, he should consider relying on the services of a home care aide.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Stamford, CT please contact the caring staff at Fairfield Family Care at 203-295-3477.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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