Senior Foot Health And Why It’s So Important

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Mobility is a vital ingredient to self-sufficiency, making the foot ailments that often trouble seniors particularly worrisome. While it may not come to mind as a major health concern, poor foot health can severely impact a person’s ability to live alone, work and engage in social activities.

Observing preventive foot health care has many benefits. At the top of the list is that it can increase comfort, limit the possibility of additional medical problems, and reduce the chances of hospitalization because of infection.

Here are some tips for keeping feet healthy:

Wear Shoes That Fit Properly
Many people don’t wear shoes that properly fit them or support their feet. Shop for shoes in the afternoon so you can avoid choosing shoes that are too small for your feet that swell during the day.

Regularly Take Walks
This is ultimately the best exercise for your feet.

Wear Seam-Free Socks
This will help with preventing any skin irritations from developing on your skin.

Have Corns & Calluses Professionally Treated
Never cut corns and calluses with a razor, pocket knife. Only use over-the-counter foot products with the advice of a podiatrist.

Bathe & Inspect Feet Daily
Apply lukewarm water and mild soap to keep your feet free of any dirt on a daily basis. If you notice any redness, swelling, cracks in your skin consult your podiatrist.

If you or your loved one needs assistance with foot care or any additional health care and support, contact Safehaven Senior Living here. We provide 24/7 assistance in Atlanta that will keep your loved one happy and healthy!

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Senior Sun Safety in Atlanta

Summer weather in Atlanta, Georgia is great for relaxing with family and friends. Too much outdoor time for seniors, however, can lead to problems like sunburn or dehydration. By taking a few precautions, these problems could be avoided so you can get the most out of long summer days.

Wear the proper summer clothing
The best summertime clothing for seniors is lightweight and made out of breathable fabric such as cotton. Shirts should be long-sleeved, and seniors should wear wide-brimmed hats.

Apply sunscreen early and often
Sunscreen takes time to work, so doing wait until you’re poolside to apply sunscreen. Try to use sunscreen about an hour before you head outside and reapply every two hours.

Drink plenty of fluids
Seniors are less likely to feel thirsty, and dehydration can come on unexpectedly. Try to drink between six and eight glasses of water a day, especially on days involving physical activity, or if the weather is particularly hot.

Stay indoors during the hottest hours
The sun is most intense during the middle of the day. Save activities like gardening or walking for the early morning or evening when the weather is cooler.

Weather can get extremely hot during the summer in Georgia. Do your best to follow these tips so you can get the most out of your time outdoors this year. Our assisted living community offers gardening programs, great outdoor recreational areas, and plenty of seats in the shade. Contact us today to schedule a tour of Safehaven Senior Living.