Seniors are more likely to take prescription medication than younger adults, so they are at higher risk for drug interactions and should be careful to take medication the way it has been prescribed. There are now apps that can help with medication management. Any new symptoms such as drowsiness, lack of appetite or muscle aches should be reported to a health care professional immediately.
Mental health is another priority for seniors. Keeping the brain agile and engaged could help prevent a decline in mental ability. Making time for activities such as reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, learning a new language and engaging in challenging hobbies should be emphasized. Staying physically active helps alleviate anxiety and depression. Exercise can also reduce the risk of developing health problems, as can staying connected with friends and family. The accompanying resource provides helpful strategies for caregivers.
Graphic created by Options Home Health, a provider of at home physical therapy.