Healthy ageing means continually reinventing yourself as you pass through landmark ages such as 60, 70, 80, 90 and beyond. It means finding new things you enjoy, learning to adapt to change, staying physically and socially active, and feeling connected to your community and loved ones. However, many of the fears around this period of change and adaptation often stem from popular misconceptions about ageing. The truth is that you are stronger and more resilient than you may realise.
Eaton Homecare has developed a really useful leaflet about natural ageing, which you may find interesting and comforting.
Eating a well-balanced diet is an important part of staying healthy as you age. It can help you to maintain a healthy weight, stay energised, and get the nutrients you need. It also lowers your risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.
It is natural for your appetite to reduce, your teeth to become more troublesome and the motivation to cook to reduce, especially if you live alone. Getting out to do your shopping may also not be as easy as it once was.
Mealtimes on your own can be lonely and turn into a chore you would rather skip. It is little wonder then that a shocking one in ten people over 65 in the UK are actually malnourished. Rather than having a wholesome meal, snacks and sweets can become an easy option, but don’t necessarily provide you with the nutrients you need.
Eaton Homecare carers are extensively trained in nutrition for old people, providing balanced, nourishing & delicious meals, and either helping you to cook them or cooking them for you. They can also do your food shopping for you, or accompany you. If you choose, they may sit with you while you eat or share a meal with you. After all, social interaction often helps to turn mealtimes into an enjoyable affair.
We all know that exercise is good for us, but some people think that with each passing year they should try to do less and take it easy, with only one in four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercising regularly.
Quite the contrary! The NHS advises that regular exercise for the elderly offers great benefits, including increasing longevity.
Eaton carers can provide you with exercise to suit your ability, from gentle exercises at home, from the comfort of your chair perhaps, right through to working with a personal trainer.
Whilst none of the Eaton staff are stand-up comedians (at least, not that we know of!), nevertheless a smiling face, a listening ear and a sense of humour are also what we look for in our staff.