As one religiously adheres to annual master health examination, elderly kin should also be oriented into this healthy routine. Many private hospitals have health plans specially catering to people above the 50 age bracket. One needs to be quite discerning while picking out the right one, as the requirements of a 70-plus individual will vary from that of a 50-plus person.
Many 60 yr olds face impending aging ailments like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart ailments to site a few. The emphasis must be to probe into other disorders like dormant tuberculosis or cancer for that matter. One can take the prescribed medical check-up brochure to our dependable family doctor who is well-aware of the parent’s medical past. Additional examination for PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test intended to detect prostate cancer amongst men and mandatory vaccines like the annual influenza and 3-5 yearly pneumococcal vaccine are commonly suggested.
One can start off by taking the parent to a geriatric professional or general practitioner who will have a good overlook of the overall physical condition and get the related problem into perspective. One can opt for further sophisticated medical services if the need ever arises. If an advice for knee replacement or heart surgery is suggested by the doctor, one need to delve into the details accompanying such procedure, take views from diverse corners and not harbouring rigid perceptions.
Many companies offer lucrative insurance policies from ages of 45, 60 plus to 80 years and some even extend it to 90 years if the policy is engaged earlier. One needs to be astute about which ailments are covered in these policies. The cashless feature is a lucrative choice, wherein the insurance bureau has a pre-chosen net of hospitals that will directly claim the insurance.
The elders will benefit greatly from becoming net savvy. One can teach them the ropes or if the kin are unwearied, they can get the elder generation acclimatized to the gadgets like cell phones, computers which will also prove to be a great means of bonding. One can remain connected to the parents through the day via messages, jokes, updates which will make they feel wanted.
If parents are willing to live independently, one must not enforce one’s wishes on them to reposition themselves. Many elderly prefer to book themselves into retirement townships that have all needed amenities as well of people of the same age group to interact with. One must also avoid treating them as little infants. If they are living with the children and are willing then they can be engaged in small household chores like clearing bills, overseeing the helper brigade to site a few, which will keep them busy and feel useful.
Mentors in the form of a spiritual leader or an aged person can be engaged which help to clear several viewpoints and aid in linking the gap between two generations.