Healthy aging and wellness is simply defined as living a healthy lifestyle and living in a state of optimum well-being; no sickness or any type of disease, feeling happy and contented, and maintaining a healthy relationship with other people. Healthy aging and achieving wellness may involve such formidable and challenging tasks, but all the efforts will certainly be worth it.
The Wellness and Healthy Aging at Southwest Center on Aging provides comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients who want to achieve healthy lifestyle and age gracefully. Our qualified team of health care professionals is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of care and support for our patients. We are also committed to enhancing the education of patients, caregivers, medical professionals and the public.
EVALUATION AND DIAGNOSIS
Evaluation techniques are available that facilitate healthy aging and wellness. Our staff will help you how to balance and care for the three main aspects of life: mind, body and spirit. All those myths saying that old age means poor health should not be believed. Aging people can pretty much fight all the signs of aging by maintaining a good and healthy lifestyle and knowing how to care and balance their mind, body, and spirit. An evaluation at The Wellness and Healthy Aging Clinic consists of the following steps:
Comprehensive interview and physical examination by a board-certified geriatrician.
Neuro-psychological Assessment by a psychologist
Nutritional Assessment by Dietitian
Physical assessment by a physical therapist.
Imaging studies, blood evaluation and referral to other providers (if recommended)
MAINTAIN A WELL-BALANCED DIET
Eating the right kind of food at the right amount is the basic and most crucial step towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and achieving wellness. Without proper nutrition, aging people become susceptible to diseases and are unable to do the things they used to and want to.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
A lot of older adults complain about their sleeping habits, such as difficulties in falling sleeping, lighter sleep, and waking up early in the morning not feeling rested at all. The best solutions to getting enough sleep at night include eating healthy and doing regular exercises. A good night sleep is important among older adults mainly because it helps improve memory and concentration
GET REGULAR EXERCISE
Regular exercises are important parts of healthy aging and wellness. Studies have proven that sedentary people, or those with lesser physical activities, age faster. Doing regular exercises also helps fight age-related diseases like diabetes, stroke, and heart diseases.
GET RID OF BAD HABITS
These include smoking and alcohol drinking; both of which are major factors why people age faster. But while health experts advise everyone to stop smoking as this can cause diseases like cancer, they are not really saying that alcohol consumption should be totally stopped. It should, instead, be taken moderately. Studies reveal that an ounce of alcohol a day helps in lowering down the level of bad cholesterol, which causes heart attacks and stroke
LEARN HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS
Stress is part of everyday life. Stress is also one of the main reasons why people age faster and why they become susceptible to diseases. And while it is something that can't be avoided, knowing how to manage them is important. Many aging people have found yoga, dancing, massage, aromatherapy, and even listening to music good stress relievers.
REFERRALS AND APPOINTMENTS
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