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Published By Right at Home on August 07, 2009

Recently we’ve seen a lot of stories on how people are trying to make ends meet in rough economic waters by cutting back on their meds, doctor’s appointments and immunizations.  While harmful to all, cutting back on meds can be especially detrimental to seniors.  It is also very important to the physical and mental well-being of seniors to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  We encourage everyone to:

Take medications as prescribed and get immunizations as recommended by your doctor.  Recent surveys have shown that about one in nine individuals are cutting their pills in half to extend the life of the prescription.  Doing so without the consent of your physician can put you at risk and can lead to costly long term health issues.  There are programs available to help with the cost of prescriptions.  If you or a loved one are having difficulties finding assistance to help pay for medications, contact your local Area Agency on Aging , your doctor or pharmacist for guidance.  In addition, not getting immunized as recommended by your doctor can lead to very costly health complications.  Follow the counsel of your doctor.   Click here for more information.

Continue to be active.  There are a tremendous number of health benefits you can enjoy and health issues you can avoid by simply staying active.  Try to get at least three or four ½ hour “workouts” in each week.  Even a short walk can do wonders for your overall well-being!

Drink plenty of water.  It sounds so simple, but there are many symptoms that can be avoided simply keeping well-hydrated.  In the hot summer, seniors are especially at risl (Click here for more information)

Eat right.  While it can be hard to resist, eat fast food only in moderation, if at all.  You’ll be surprised by the amount of money you can save each month by avoiding the fast food lure and instead eating freshly prepared foods.   Frustrated by the chore of cooking for one when the recipe serves four?  Try freezing three of the portions for later. 

There are many great resources for healthy living ideas for seniors.  Try The National Council on Aging (NCoA) or visit our monthly eNewsletter Caring Right at Home.    

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