Most of us think we know what is good for us, but are we actually putting healthy habits into practice? Are we making the most of our life – which may, in turn, extend it? Whether you are young or old, here are few key ways you can live a long, healthy life.
- Adjust your attitude. The way we think not only impacts the quality of our lives, but may also determine how long we actually live. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN discovered that optimistic people decreased their risk of early death by 50 percent compared with those who tended to be pessimistic. Dr. Toshihiko Maruta, lead investigator of the Mayo study, explained that pessimists have an increased chance for future problems with their physical health and emotional stress. Caregivers that provide assistance to the elderly would do well to take note of pessimistic attitudes of those in their care, using a home care system and home care software program such as ClearCare. Tasks set in ClearCare’s home care software can remind caregivers to provide plenty of mood-boosting activities.
- 2. Develop healthy lifestyle habits. Research shows that obesity contributes to a variety of medical conditions, including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Unhealthy eating habits may even lead to an early grave. Proper nutrition is especially important for seniors, in order to maintain good health. Filling up on fatty foods will leave little appetite for fruits and vegetables. Caregivers can rely on ClearCare’s home care system and home care software to give instructions regarding meal times and special dietary concerns. It’s also vitally important to visit your doctor for regular checkups, and be active for at least a portion of every day.
- 3. Adopt a pet. A study which appeared in “Public Health Reports” showed that the survival rates of heart attack victims who had a pet were 28 percent higher than those of patients without pets. Alan Beck, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at Purdue University, explains, “Contact with companion animals triggers a relaxation response.” The ability of animals to reduce stress levels likely accounts for most of their life-extending qualities. ClearCare’s home care system and home care software can help in this area of life as well. Tasks can be set in caregivers’ home care software to walk the dog, feed the cat, and let birds out of their cages.
As we can see, living a long and healthy life is possible even for seniors that require assistance from a home health aide. With the help of ClearCare’s home care system, seniors can remain comfortable in their own homes – which may also contribute to a longer life.
If you have questions about ClearCare’s home care system, please call one of our friendly representatives today!