As a child or parent, there is a chance that you have a family member who is a veteran. Maybe your immediate family member is not a veteran, but you have contact with someone who has served our country and is now into their sixties. It could be a neighbor, family friend, or a grandparent of one of your close friends or peers. Veterans are honorable individuals, and the chance that you have come into contact with a vet within your lifetime is very likely.
In fact, the projected veteran population as of 2015 is over 21 million individuals. With this large number of vets making up a portion of elders within the United States, it’s important to remember what they have done for our country, and what we can do to give back to them. As any individual becomes older, it may become more difficult to do the things they once were able to do. As a result, there are other aspects of one’s life that may begin to lack and fall behind as well.
As a relative, child, or grandchild of a veteran, there are certain things that you should be doing to assist vets with continuing on with a healthy lifestyle, and reaching their maximum potential on a daily basis.
One of the key function to remember when it comes to keeping elders healthy is that they are moving around regularly. Being mobile, and keeping joints moving can ensure that elderly individuals are staying in shape, and stretching and moving muscles as they were meant to be. Common with most elders, arthritis may become a problem that can pose strain and discomfort to joints and regions in the body as the elderly individual becomes older. As a result, regular exercise can help to overcome this issue.
There are plenty of things that you can do to help elders stay active. Set up schedule with your elder to take regular walks around the park or neighborhood in which he or she lives. Even if you start with a lower commitment schedule, such as walking once or twice a week, the benefits associated with walking around just a small amount will show great advantages when it comes to your elders health. Eventually, you can increase the amount of scheduled walks, and develop a schedule to where you get up early each morning with your elder and take walks within the community.
Dieting is often one of the first things that can decline as individuals get older. It’s easy to begin grabbing food out somewhere, rather than cooking in. Especially for elders who might live by themselves – and might want to avoid cooking an entire meal just for themselves.
It’s important to encourage elders to cook in, not only to save money, but also to keep themselves healthier. Cooking with a mix of fresh vegetables and fruits can help to balance your diet, and provide essential nutrients to the body.
Furthermore, cooking in can help avoid fatty, processed foods that are often served while buying food in locations outside of the home. You should plan family meals with your elders, and again, stick to a plan or regular routine of when you will plan to cook with them.
Mental exercise is one of the most commonly overlooked areas when it comes to keeping our elders safe. For veterans in particular, mental exercises are extremely important for their well being, because they help to jog the brain and allow them to remember things from their past. It allows them the ability to process positive, and negative things that may have been in their past, and practice overcoming the negative memories they may have while serving in a war. As a family member or friend, you should practice jogging their memory and asking questions about things that have happened in the past. Be an advocate for positive conversation, and become prepared to comfort veterans as they discuss things they may have heard or saw while at war.
Veterans Health Is Vital
As a result, keeping your elderly veteran healthy and active is extremely important for their well being, and lifetime longevity. There are many ways in which we can help veterans feel more appreciated, and balance their lifestyle to accompany a more suitable environment. Develop walking or exercise routines with your veteran on a weekly basis, and plan out meals where family members or friends can gather to include your elderly veteran. Furthermore, remember to keep an open playing field, and hold regular conversations with your vets that can help to jog their memory of things they may be holding in. Just remember, you could be the backbone and support for their health and safety!