As a leading provider of senior home care New Hampshire families trust, senior health is our top priority, and if you provide care for an aging parent, we know it’s yours too. Below are five habits we think contribute to good health but can actually have the opposite effect.
Brushing after every meal
Brushing teeth immediately after every meal used to be recommended in order to prevent plaque buildup. However, experts now say people should wait for at least 30 minutes to brush their teeth after eating to allow saliva to neutralize acid in the mouth and strengthen tooth enamel.
Catching up on sleep
Contrary to popular belief, there is no real way to “catch up” on sleep if your senior loved one hasn’t gotten enough of it. The best way to ensure your loved one gets the sleep he or she needs and avoids putting extra stress on the body is to aim for least 8 hours every night and institute good sleep hygiene.
Showering every day may seem like a good way to keep healthy, but daily showers can actually irritate and dry out skin. Waiting at least one day between showers helps to better preserve the skin’s natural pH balance, which can become increasingly important with age.
Too much exercise
Some seniors prioritize physical fitness and make an effort to exercise daily. Although regular exercise is extremely important to overall health, seniors who push themselves too hard are more prone to injuries and can burn out, making it even harder to get back to their routine. Make sure your loved one gives his or her body the time it needs to rest and recharge in between workouts.
Eating low-fat foods
It turns out our brains actually need a certain amount of fat each day in order to function correctly. Not only that, but full fat foods contain naturally-occurring omega-3 acids that help to regulate cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease, and even stave off arthritis.
For more information on senior health and wellness, contact Home Care Assistance at (603) 471-3004. We are the trusted provider of comprehensive senior care, including post-stroke recovery and dementia care in New Hampshire. Our experienced Care Managers are available 24/7 to take your call and happy to discuss care options or schedule a free in-home consultation.