Keeping yourself well as you age

Keeping yourself well as you age tips from the Lifebridge Clinical Team

Deconditioning happens following a period of inactivity like when you have been in hospital or due to a sedentary lifestyle.

Health complications can occur because of this such as loss of strength and balance, memory loss and confusion, an increased risk of heart failure and infection and the inability to manage day to day chores.

Action to take:

  • stand up every hour, move arms and legs.
  • do some walking or exercises at your own pace.
  • use every opportunity to move.
  • eat protein with every meal, eat three meals a day.
  • drink plenty of water.
  • take nutritional supplements.
  • Get a good quality sleep.
  • Get up and get dressed every day.
  • Learn something new, do puzzles, cards and games.
  • Keep busy and keep social.

Preventing Pressure Injuries

Most pressure injuries and skin tears can be prevented by following simple steps such as:

  • maintaining good nutrition and hydration.
  • regular but careful mobilization, so changing position frequently and getting up and walking as much as possible.
  • good skin hygiene and a good moisturizing regime.

Mind and Body Tips – Tai Chi

This gentle Chinese exercise combines slow movements and deep breathing and is often described as “meditation in motion”. There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems.

Did you know that Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls.  Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one’s body in space — declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments.

Why not give Tai Chi a go but perhaps check with your doctor first to determine whether it is the right exercise for you. If you would like Lifebridge to start a Tai Chi program, please let us know by calling reception on 1800 043 186.