Things to Talk About During Your Father’s Day Call

Looking for a great topic of conversation for your Father’s Day call? June is Men’s Health Month, and there’s a lot to discuss!

As the pandemic is slowly winding down, many of us are taking assessment of our health. Older loved ones may have been sheltering in place for months, and they may have been neglecting some of their basic healthcare routine. Studies show that men, especially, have been hesitant to go to the doctor—partly because they rely on the women in their life to remind them!

A recent study from Michigan State University found that traditional attitudes held by many older men can stand in the way of good health in their later years. “The belief that ‘real men’ must be strong, tough and independent may be a detriment to their social needs later in life,” the authors said.

So as you’re talking about golf, baseball, and the family with Dad, remind him that he should ask his doctor about healthy steps to take:

Health screenings recommended for men might include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer screenings: prostate, colorectal, skin
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Memory
  • Bone density
  • Oral health
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use

Immunizations recommended for older adults:

  • COVID-19 vaccine
  • Annual flu vaccine
  • Shingles
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis
  • Other vaccines as recommended

A good exercise regimen for seniors includes:

  • Aerobic exercise
  • Muscle-strengthening
  • Balance activities
  • Stretching

A healthy diet, as recommended by the doctor, might include:

  • Lots of fruits and veggies
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts, beans and seeds
  • Healthy fats such as olive oil
  • Lean meats, poultry and fatty fish
  • Limited salt and processed foods

Then, ask Dad how you can help! There are plenty of resources available for him, whether he lives independently or in a senior living community. These kinds of conversations are a great way to let him know how much he means to you.

Source: IlluminAge AgeWise


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