The Three Ms: Medicine, Mobility, and Meals
No matter our age, we all strive for and enjoy independence. For aging Baby Boomers and seniors, maintaining that independence can come down to three M’s: medication, mobility and meals. An issue with one of those three can snowball into a large problem.
- Medication It is very important to be consistent with medications. For people of all ages, setting pills up in a medicine box helps with organization and ensures that medication is taken on schedule. Continue to talk with your healthcare provider and your pharmacist if there are any questions or concerns about side effects and dosage.
- Meals Nutrition is an important component of health, and that is especially critical for seniors. If you find that cooking and preparing meals is difficult, try a meal subscription and delivery service. Avoid eating processed foods and frozen meals. If you’re an adult child or caregiver, make extra food to bring your family in a serving-sized container.
- Mobility The key to maintaining mobility is to stay active. Continue to engage in low impact exercises such as walking, swimming and yoga. Start now, and stay active. Movement goes a long ways, as physical activity strengthens the muscles, heart and lungs.
If any of the three Ms become an issue for you or your aging loved one, talk to your doctor to help determine next steps.