With Father’s Day celebrated just yesterday, wishes and quotes is in plenty, all around. However, it is also important to be there for your dad throughout the year. With long-range planning, it’s possible to extend the years on his health and his independence.

Always keep in mind that being the caregiver for your father and mother is an eventuality, which you cannot avoid. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the number of “unpaid family caregivers” is set to reach 37 million by 2050, an 85 percent increase from the year 2000. The following 5 ways can help your dad age in good health and grace.

Medication

Poor medication management is the number one reason for leaving an independent living situation and going into supervised care. Get to know the pharmacy that your dad buys his medicines from and stay updated on his needs. A 2008 study reveals that 29% of elderly participants were prescribed 6 or more drugs at the same time. Enquire about the possible side effects and risks that come with the medication he takes and make sure he takes his medication on time.

Depression

“It’s not uncommon, for an adult to experience depressive symptoms for the first time later in life—especially if they’ve gone through a major life change, like losing a spouse or family member, being diagnosed with a chronic health condition, or losing their job.”

Ash Tewari, MD, director of Mount Sinai Men’s Health Centre

It can be caused even from medication or just as a side effect of natural ageing. If you see signs of depression in your dad, convince him to talk to a doctor.

Staying Fit

Exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in cognition ( thinking skills) that occur with ageing. People who reported light to no exercise experienced a decline in cognition equal to 10 more years of ageing, as compared to people who reported moderate to intense exercise, according to a population-based observational study at the University of Miami. So ensure your dad gets enough exercise, regularly.

Memory Lapse

For most people, occasional lapses in memory are a normal part of the ageing process, not a warning sign of serious mental deterioration or the onset of dementia. However, if your dad’s memory loss becomes so pervasive and severe that it disrupts his work, hobbies, social activities and family relationships, he may be experiencing the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, this could also be signs of another disorder that causes dementia, or a condition that mimics dementia.

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