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Living Life

Many people are fearful of the changes that come with age, however, coping with change is difficult, no matter how old you are, and can sometimes be a stressful and upsetting time.
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Preparing for change

At Eaton Homecare we understand that accepting the need for more full time care can be a difficult decision for you or your loved one to make, but we are here to make the change as easy and comforting as possible for you.

Healthy ageing

The particular challenge for older adults is the sheer number of changes and transitions that start to occur – including children moving away, the loss of parents, friends and other loved ones, changes to (or the end of) your career, declining health, and even loss of independence. It’s natural to feel those losses. But if that sense of loss is balanced with positive ingredients, you have a formula for staying healthy and happy as you age.
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Natural ageing

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.

Health & Nutrition

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.

Eating well can also become increasingly difficult as we age

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.

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We understand mealtimes can be hard

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.

You are not alone

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.

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Fitness & Exercise

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.

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Staying active

According to the National Institute for Ageing, exercise is good for people of any age and can ease symptoms of many chronic conditions. And contrary to popular belief, weakness and poor balance are actually linked to inactivity, rather than age.

Feel more confident

We are not advocating that you run a marathon. Any exercise should be suited to your physical abilities and may require consulting your GP first. But gentle exercise can increase your lifespan, help prevent falls, reduce the risk of serious illness, improve bone density and reduce the risk of developing dementia, as well as making you feel more confident and independent.
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We'll help to keep you active and healthy

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.

Keeping Healthy Made Fun

The saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’ is not wrong! There are many benefits of laughter, from expanding our lungs to increasing circulation. It also exercises the facial muscles and releases endorphins, aka the ‘feel good hormones’, from our brains.

Sharing experiences

Sadly, if you live alone, even watching a funny television programme means you are less likely to laugh out loud. Real laughter happens when we share the experience with someone else. Similarly, if you can’t get out and about as you used to, sharing anecdotes from your life or engaging in conversation with someone who has time to do so makes it more likely that you will laugh.
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We want our carers to bring joy to your life every time you see them

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.

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