Nowadays, it is very important to be aware. Do you want to know the environmental factors that affect senior health? Read this helpful and informative article!
As we age, our bodies and minds change. There are several things we can actually do to stay fit and in good physical shape. It is very important to be alert and to understand what is happening around us and all the factors that affect our health so that we know what to expect and be ready on what to do to stay well and healthy. Families, together with their senior caregivers, live in caregivers and family caregivers, notice the changers to their senior family members. Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem.
As we know, senior people’s immune system normally gets weaker as they grow older. Even the caregivers who work at live in caregiver programs in Canada notice that seniors tend to be prone in various diseases caused by aging, weather changes and the environmental factors.
Now it is better to know the things in the environment that affects our health, most especially, the senior health. Here are some factors to learn about before it is too late to realize their risky and hazardous effect to senior health:
Water Wells – There are still some people in Canada who use well as their source of private water supply. And water is the most important and basic need to live. This is why we must make sure that the water that the seniors and we drink is safe and should meet the safe drinking water standards.
Lead – Lead poisoning is one of the common yet preventable health problems. Lead exposure can even cause hearing problems to seniors. Well we know how normal it is for elders to grow old having difficulties in hearing.
Indoor Air – Clean indoor air is vital to good health. Pollutants to air, whether from outdoor or indoor can contribute to asthma, allergic reactions, chemical poisoning and some types of cancer. The quality of indoor air is very important because most seniors spend their time inside. Indoor air pollution levels are in fact higher than outside.
Radon – This is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can be very risky to human health when it is found at home. Senior’s exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. There are steps to take in order to lessen the radon in indoor air.
Septic Systems – Proper maintenance of septic systems must be made because if not, a lot of risky health problems could occur brought by dirt and odor.
After learning about these factors, the next thing for us to do is to be alert in watching over the seniors to minimize their exposure to the things that can damage and weaken their health. It is not enough that we are just aware. To take action is even better. When it comes to senior health, be keen to prevent them from dangerous effects. Let them stay healthy, be alert and never expose them to something risky.
Cindy Guevarra is a teacher and a writer with bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. During free time, she loves to cook, dance, read and write.