Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates in Cherry Hill NJ
October is Health Literacy Month and, believe it or not, many people aren’t very clear about their general health. When asked, they may say they’re relatively healthy or ‘good enough.’ As people age, they will be dealing with increased health challenges that can make it difficult for them to take care of themselves or even provide support for another loved one, such as a spouse or disabled adult child.
Being more informed about one’s health is the first important step to maintaining good health into the future. It’s not enough just to have a general idea about whether or not you’re doing okay and in decent enough health.
You need to understand about your medical history, possibly your family’s history, certain risk factors to consider, and much more. For example, someone who is completely unaware that their grandfather had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, long before they were born, might have no clue that they’re at an increased risk of developing this form of dementia.
As a result, they may not be aware of how important it is to stay mentally stimulated and engaged in a variety of activities. Mental stimulation and activity can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
What about heart attack or stroke risks? If a person is in their late 60s or 70s and is not eating properly or getting the right type of exercise, they could be putting themselves at increased risk of experiencing one of those medical emergencies.
How to become more health literate.
The most effective way to become more health literate is to find out as much as possible about family medical histories, especially with parents, grandparents, or siblings. It’s also a good idea to become more aware of what a proper and healthy diet is all about.
As people get older, they assume it’s no longer necessary that they get exercise. However, most medical professionals agree that even seniors should be getting a minimum of 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day. Exercise helps elevate the heart rate, which in turn helps to strengthen the heart muscles.
Anyone who didn’t understand that before should to sit down and consult their primary care physician and find out exactly what they need to learn in order to have a better foundation moving forward to stay healthy. The Golden Years can be a great deal of fun, as long as seniors stay on top of their health and avoid unnecessary incidences.
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