Pinellas Observes Healthy Aging Month; Offers Tips For Seniors

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Keeping older residents safe and healthy is the focus of several observances in September, making it a good time to take steps to protect older loved ones.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is observing Healthy Aging Month, National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and World Alzheimer’s Month in September.

Adding to the month’s focus on issues affecting older residents is Falls Prevention Day on Sept. 22 and World Heart Day on Sept. 29.

“Older Americans can have a higher quality of life by focusing on steps that improve or prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease,” said DOH-Pinellas Director Dr. Ulyee Choe. “Maintaining a healthy weight and practicing good habits such as nutritious diet, physical fitness and regular check-ups are especially important as we age. The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas is a great place to start for in formation about services for older area residents from wellness tips and programs to resources for caregivers of older adults.

Visit the Area Agency on Aging or call 800-963-5337 for information.

Unintentional falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among Florida residents ages 65 years and older. The DOH recommends these steps to help older adults avoid falls:

  • Exercising regularly (especially leg strengthening and improving balance)
  • Having an eye doctor check their vision at least once a year
  • Making their home environment safer
  • Reviewing their medicines with a doctor or pharmacist
  • Gentle exercises such as walking and tai chi can provide mental and physical benefits.

For more information on preventing falls, click here.

For resources on Alzheimer’s disease and information for caregivers, click here.

This press release was produced by Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

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