Reducing moderate to severe limitations in the older adult
As we age, the body begins to slow down, and functional limitations develop. Functional limitations are a decrease in the ability to carry out everyday activities.
Luckily, there are certain things we can do to reduce these moderate and severe limitations. The following information provides knowledge to initiate necessary lifestyle changes and participate in treatment regimens.
Self- Related Factors
Body- Related Factors
- Being valued and important
- Extroverted personality
- Absence of worry
- Emotional difficulties
- Higher levels of neuroticism
- Anxious experiences
- How well you handle difficult situations and use problem-focused coping
- Life accomplishments and individual resources
- Religion and spirituality
- ability to adjust and keep a positive attitude
- enjoying the small things
- higher life satisfaction
- physical condition improves mental health
- Gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances
- Musculoskeletal symptoms
- Maintains dignity
- Meeting with friends
- Visiting cultural events
- Participating in group activities such as gardening
- Older men have greater satisfaction than older women
- Marital status (widowed, partner, or married)
- Higher educational level
- Stable economic status
- Living in a home-like environment or even your original house rather than nursing home.
- Supportive neighborhood
This information will help the older adult live to their fullest ability longer.
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