Dad Health


Today is Wear Blue Friday, and if you don't know what that means, you're not alone. Officially, "Wear Blue Day is celebrated by private corporations, government agencies, sports teams, and individuals to show their concern for the health and wellbeing of boys and men."​

And it's important. Because statistics show that men tend to live about five years fewer than women, and they make half as many preventative visits to the doctor as women. It doesn't take a medical degree to see the connection between those figures.

Wear Blue Day, and Men's Health Month, which is June, were created to encourage men and those who love them, to start taking these numbers seriously. It doesn't have to be a sea change, either. Here are just a few things men can do -- right now -- to help them achieve longer, healthier lives.

  • Schedule a preventative visit: This should be done for two reasons. Firstly, everyone should see their doctor for a well visit at least once a year. Secondly, before embarking on a healthier lifestyle, it's important to get an idea of your baseline and discuss any big lifestyle changes. While you're at it, consider scheduling eye and dental appointments as well, as these areas can have a big impact on total health.
  • Start charting any complaints: No health issue is too small to matter. Keeping a log of how you're feeling each day will help you start paying attention to recurrences and make you better prepared for your next medical visit. It can be very simple: a basic running tally or a journal (i.e. "Monday: Felt good in the morning, more tired than usual in the afternoon. Knee not hurting… much.")
  • Keep your mind active: Crossword puzzles, Sudoku and other activities are great ways to engage the mind and help the brain stay healthy. And since you're journaling anyway, why not add memory exercises and concerns to the mix? ("Successfully completed 150-piece puzzle. Keys turned up in the silverware drawer, of all places.")
  • Incorporate more fruits and veggies: Everyone could probably benefit from this, but making a conscious effort to eat just one more serving at every meal, and working them into your snack schedule, can have a big positive impact on overall health. Of course, it won't hurt to chart diet in your journal, too!

For more information about the health and well-being of older adults and those who care for them, please contact us!


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