I have been working on people’s bodies as a massage therapist, personal trainer, and Tai Chi instructor for over 20 years now. I also take care of Senior’s, bringing them on their errands, doctor’s appointments, helping them around their homes, and massaging them. I know that doing everything one can as a lay person to create and maintain your health is essential.
Being proactive with your health, especially as an older adult, not only keeps you feeling good but it wards off serious illness. Let’s face it, as we age, our bodies undergo many shifts and changes. One of these changes is that we become more vulnerable to external conditions and our living environment.
Living in a group or communal setting presents certain circumstances where more than dining room privileges are shared. As we share common areas with others we are exposed to more microbes, germs. And, as a result, the rate of exposure increases which translates into possible illness. In populations aged 65 and older, nearly 1/3 of the deaths arise from infections. The occurrence of death from influenza (the flu virus) is not uncommon.
A very common bacteria based infection is the infection of the urinary tract, or UTI. The aging population tends to be more susceptible to urinary tract infections due to a suppressed immune system along with other issues that go along with a lifestyle of an aging senior. The kidneys are affected and if not detected and treated early, permanent damage to the kidneys may result. Other complications may arise, as well, which could lead to an infection in the bloodstream. Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated, especially in the summer can help maintain healthy kidneys and urinary tract.
Washing hands regularly, wiping down surfaces, eating more fruits and veggies than starches and sugars. Plus regular exercise, and a bit of music, dancing and a great pet. All of these things go a long way towards keeping us healthy.