It’s important to look after your health and wellbeing at any age, but as we grow older it can be a particular challenge. We lose muscle tone, flexibility and strength as we age and so keeping fit and active is very important. We should all prioritise both our physical and mental health in order to boost all round health and fitness.
At Good Oaks Home Care we believe that it’s the small things we do every day that make the biggest difference overall. You don’t need to run a marathon or take up sea swimming (unless you want to of course!) but we can all do small things every day that will make us feel better.
Top ways to improve physical health as you age
Keeping hydrated and eating a good diet is vital to good health as we age. Many older people don’t drink enough water, leading to dehydration and health problems. Top tips for helping older people to eat and drink more can be found here.
Keeping active – as we age exercise can get harder, but it becomes more important for us to keep fit and well. Trips and falls can be a real problem for older people so exercises that help with mobility, flexibility and balance can be really helpful. Yoga and Tai Chi have been found to be good for core strength and stability, while swimming, walking and dancing are good, low-impact cardio exercises. You can read more here.
Keeping your home safe. A healthy environment is important for good health, things like mould and legionella (a bacteria found in hot water systems,) can cause health issues. Good Oaks carers can help by keeping your house clean and descaling shower heads etc. You can read more here.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing
There is evidence from the charity Mind that to have good mental health we should all do five simple things:
Be active, Connect, Take notice, Keep learning and Give.
Be active – Try and be as active as possible in our daily lives, whether it’s a walk round the park, a little bit of gardening or gentle exercise like swimming.
Connect – Many people, especially older people can feel isolated and lonely. Keeping connected with friends and family is vital for good mental wellbeing. This can be via face-to-face meetings, online or via phone calls. At Good Oaks our carers help clients get online to keep in touch with loved ones, as well as helping them get out and about to visit people and do activities they love.
Take notice – Living in the moment and noticing the little things can really help us according to Mind. Whether this is watching the birds in the garden or trying a new recipe, noticing the little things can help us to feel more connected.
Keep learning – Learning new skills is good for our minds and gives us a sense of accomplishment. That could be reading a new genre of book, listening to new music or taking up ballroom dancing! Learning new skills and information helps us to feel good.
Give – Helping others and making a positive difference has been proven to really benefit our mental health. This could be by donating to a charity, making a meal for a friend or neighbour, calling someone who is down – giving our time and help can make others, and ourselves, feel good.
The Good Oaks Home Care difference
We believe that good care can change someone’s life, enabling them to live more independently and comfortably for longer. You can read what our clients and their loved ones say about us here. You can read about all the tasks we can help you with here. From washing, cooking, cleaning and gardening, to helping you or your loved one get out and about to appointments, to see friends or to do activities. Good Oaks carers are here to help.
If you would like help or support for you or your loved one, please feel free to get in touch for a free consultation about the care we could provide. You can find our contact details online here: goodoakshomecare.co.uk/contact-us or feel free to give our head office team a call on 01202 757787 and we can put you in touch with your local branch.