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Don't Ignore These Health Warning Signs

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While it’s true that your body changes as a normal part of the aging process, you shouldn’t ignore warning signs that something could be wrong. More than mere aches and pains, these issues can quickly escalate into major problems.

From reduced mobility, to lack of interest in eating, feelings of depression, and more, it’s important to keep your mental, emotional, and physical health in top shape throughout the year. Use this advice to recognize and prevent common health warning signs.

Recurring Health Compilations

Your body communicates with you every day. Even when you’re not aware, it tells you when something’s wrong. So, if you’ve noticed a sudden change, it’s a good idea to get checked out.

Doctors say you shouldn’t overlook certain red flags when they happen to your or a loved one. That includes:

  • abrupt weakness or dizziness
  • shortness or breath and pressure in your chest area
  • tingling or numbness, especially on just one side of your body
  • prolonged confusion
  • loss of balance and/or coordination
  • difficulty speaking or swallowing
  • excessive sweating
  • marked swelling, even when you don’t have any recent injuries
  • wounds that never seem to heal
  • sudden vision loss or blurred vision

In addition, if something just doesn’t look or feel right, your best bet is to seek help as soon as possible.

Sometimes, everything else is fine, but you’re just not able or comfortable with completing light household tasks. That’s when it’s wise to reach out for assistance. For example, did you know that the Council on Aging provides senior care services? Contact us today for more information at (386) 253-4700 x 225.

Nagging Aches and Pains

As mentioned, it’s normal that you’ve experienced some changes over the past few years. That’s part of growing older. What’s not okay is when your quality of life is negatively affected by constant pain that, no matter what you do, never seems to subside.

Sometimes, lack of activity could be the root of the issue. Your body is a like a machine and needs to be regularly used to remain in top shape. Thankfully, there are many activities for seniors to help you accomplish that goal. From dance classes, to art courses, card games, NSB Bingo, and much more, you’re sure to find a fun and exciting activity to match your interest at one of our senior centers. Check out our event calendar at www.coavolusia.org to see all the involvement opportunities available to you.

Dietary Issues

You’ve heard that eating healthy is tied to long-term wellness. Doctors say nutrition and activity become even more essential as the years progress. But did you know that it’s possible to get a well-balanced meal without having to do the shopping and cooking for yourself?

When you make reservations at our Ormond Beach senior center or other dining sites throughout Volusia County, you’ll enjoy a healthy meal. Plus, you’ll experience pleasant conversation with like-minded active seniors who share your interests. Contact the COA location nearest you to reserve your spot.

Isolation

Psychologists say humans are social creatures. It means you need to see and interact with people on a daily basis in order to retain optimal wellness. Still, you might be unsure of where to start. Luckily, at our senior center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida (and other senior centers throughout Volusia County) there’s a group of energetic people who share your interests. Here, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of activities, including:

  • dancing (both line and ballroom)
  • painting (watercolors, acrylics)
  • language classes
  • group games (Bridge, Mahjong, Bingo)
  • exercise and wellness (yoga/meditation, walking)
  • electronics instruction (iPhone/iPad, computers)
  • and more

We also offer light senior home care to assist in your every day tasks. Contact us today for more information or to get involved. Feel free to call us anytime at (386) 253-4700 x 225. Or, visit our website for a full list of available activities: www.coavolusia.org.

 


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