Aging – Understanding for Planning

The aging process is a natural part of life. Some people consider aging to simply be a state of mind. Others go by how the mind and body naturally change over time. In this blog, we look at each of the types of aging. We also look at what can be done to help a senior loved one address these issues.

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There are three distinct, often related categories, associated with aging. These are:

  • Biological
  • Psychological
  • Social

In this blog, we look at each of the types of aging. We also look at what can be done to help a senior loved one address these issues. After all, we want all our seniors to maintain optimal mental and physical health while growing old.

Biological Aging

This refers to the various ways the human body naturally changes over time. It is the type that most people are familiar with. This process is something that happens to everyone. It usually affects digestion, the spine, joints, vital organs, and body systems that help with movement and functioning. Other commonly affected areas also include hearing, vision, and oral health.

Although growing old is inevitable, it is possible for people to age well biologically. Basically, this can be achieved through:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Being proactive about health screenings
  • Eating nuts, fresh fruits and veggies and other healthy, natural foods

The elderly face a variety of age-related challenges. Although some families take on the caregiving duties, there comes a time when they need a trusted care provider. As seniors age, they also may need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. This is where we eventually step in.

Psychological Aging

This type of aging is largely related to behaviour. It also includes general perception and reactions to the immediate environment. The process is related to changes in the brain. In some cases, underlying psychological issues or changes in cognitive capabilities also affect the elderly. It may also impact problem-solving, emotions, and subjective reactions to situations.

There are many factors that could affect psychological aging. Seniors tend to be better prepared to handle this with efforts that involve:

  • Having healthy emotional outlets (e.g., friends/family members to talk to)
  • Getting the support needed to manage unexpected life changes
  • Eating healthy foods that keep the brain mentally sharp
  • Treating signs of depression, dementia and similar disorders early

Biological factors also affect how an older adult ages psychologically. For example, untreated hearing or vision issues may influence his or her behaviour.

Social Aging

Social aging refers to how social habits and behaviour changes over time. It also includes the individual’s role in relation to society as a whole as well as with people in his or her age group. Social aging is measured, in part, by how an individual is expected to behave in interactions with others. From available opportunities for social engagement to psychological issues and age-related cognitive changes, there are many factors that can influence social aging.

There are some things seniors can do to age well socially. Recommendations typically involve:

  • Maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family members
  • Exploring new ways to socially engage as life circumstances change
  • Getting any assistance to address physical limitations that could be affecting social interactions

Aging in place (at home) can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care.

We look at each of our senior’s individual needs. Our nursing staff, caregivers and team continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Parkinson’s.

Get in touch with us and start planning now. Moving in earlier makes the adjustment easier. It allows the person more time to acclimate, adjust and make new friends. It’s also an opportunity to make her golden years an exciting, happy, fulfilling and memorable chapter in her life.

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