Men’s Health Beyond 60 and How Home Care Helps You Stay Well
Awareness of men's health in the community has grown over the last decade, mainly because men seek help for their health less than women do. This is neither right or wrong, it is just a matter of wiring.
But as men get older, like women, they become more vulnerable and concerned about staying healthy and well as they age. As part of our home care service, we help our male clients think about their health and the support they may need as they get older. Our male clients are both single and married, and use our home care services to remain in the comfort of their own home, without the worry they may have to enter into residential aged care later.
Following are some of the ways in which we encourage our male clients to stay healthy and well, throughout their twilight years, so that they can make these years rewarding and fulfilling. We pay attention to all aspects of health - physical, mental and emotional.
The research is there – the brain can change no matter what your age. Parts of the brain are like a muscle, the more you use them, the more they grow and develop. When you stop using them, those parts of the brain shrink back to their original size.
This was proven in a study done on London taxi drivers, who needed to develop their spatial awareness to get around London’s tiny streets without a satellite navigation system, relying on their inner knowledge. The hippocampus in their brain, the part responsible for spatial awareness, and interestingly the part that diminishes with dementia, grew to bigger than normal. When they stopped driving taxis, the hippocampus went back to the original size.
You are never too old and it is never too late to learn something new, or to continue doing the things you always enjoyed. They key to staying healthy as you age is enjoyment, if you enjoy it, then it is good for you!
Here are some suggestions that we have found are more popular among our male home care clients: Learn a language, learn a martial art (eg tai chi), make or restore furniture, play chess or cards, learn to play the guitar (or another musical instrument). Chess and other challenging board games and card games are an activity that improves concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and problem solving skills.
Maintaining good relationships with friends and family becomes more important as we age. We need to be there for them and they need to be there for us. Visit the neighbours for a cup of tea, or give them a hand with the gardening. Look after the grandkids when you can, even if it tires you out it will keep you active!
Depression can be an issue for older Australians and it is most commonly brought on by becoming more socially isolated. But you can avoid this sticky problem by getting some help to stay involved in your community and neighbourhood.
The Men’s Sheds Association was set up to connect men in local neighbourhoods, providing a creative space for them to meet other men and work on common projects benefiting the wider community. You can find a local men’s shed here, or even consider setting one up in your own local community to bring like-minded men together.
Staying physically active will make sure that you maintain strength and flexibility of your muscles and joints. This in turn means that you maintain your balance, which is very important as you get older.
In our blog last week on Why Regular Exercise Is Vital To Good Health As You Age, we discuss this in more detail.
You may already have a fitness regime or sport you are involved in, but if not, a simple brisk walk in the park, three times a week, will do wonders for your physical health. There are also many walking groups around Adelaide that you can join.
Good nutrition is essential to making sure both your brain and body stay in good shape. Have a look at our blog on 7 Foods that Reduce Risk of Dementia in Aged Care.
To follow good nutrition guidelines means regular meals, less alcohol, more water, more veggies, a balanced amount of protein and fresh food wherever possible. This is a fairly simple approach but it works.
Home care will help you stay heathy and well into your older years
Home care is no longer just about providing help to those in physical need, it is about helping people create a lifestyle that enables them to enjoy their older years in the comfort of their own home.
Our home care includes many services, in the case of looking after men’s health, the following services may be of more interest to you:
- Help with cooking and grocery shopping
- Transport to and from social activities
- Creating new social outlets, help with meeting new people
- Developing new interests or hobbies
- Domestic support with the gardening or cooking
Our home care services are tailored to suit your needs and your lifestyle. We develop the home care package together with you and it is an opportunity to review all aspects of your lifestyle, what you want out of life and what you would like more of, and how you want your home care support to be delivered.
Call Home Nursing Solutions today to discuss your home care needs
Contact us on 8331 3791 to discuss how we can support you to stay healthy and well at home and socially active in your community as the years go by.
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