Senior wellness programs offer a variety of health benefits as well as educational and information resources for seniors in all demographics. Guiding behaviors, habits and lifestyle enhances quality of life for many seniors, and offers ideas and tips on how to life longer, healthier lives. The focus of senior health or wellness programs is to educate adults and most especially seniors on how best to manage their health and activity levels for optimal function and performance, states the Health Hero Network.
A major focus of senior wellness is home safety, state the experts at the Health Hero Network senior wellness program. Aspects of home safety include but are not limited to fire safety, creating a safe, fall-proof living environment, and availability to home improvement options like safety grab bars in bathrooms and non-skid rugs in kitchens, hallways and bathrooms leads to reduced falls and injuries in the home, benefiting all seniors.
Another main goal of any senior wellness program is to keep seniors informed of the importance of preventive care and health maintenance. Areas include the importance of yearly flu shots, driving safety and taking medications as directed by a physician. Understanding how weather affects seniors, from the need to be especially careful to dress warmly in cold weather, watching for ice, or providing a cool environment in the heat of summer may help save lives and prevent slips, falls, or dehydration or hypothermia.
Independence is very important in any senior wellness program. Encouraging the independence of seniors helps them maintain a richer personal life and ability to remain in their homes longer, states the American Senior Fitness Association. Regular exercise and fitness is encouraged to help seniors maintain and improve mobility, range of motion, balance, stability and strength and endurance, leading to greater ability to function on a daily basis without help.