As we age, our health can beboth a reward and a challenge.
Whether you’re active or confined,entering your 30s or leaving your70s, many health-care programsand services are designed to meetyour needs, and help you reach andmaintain your best possible health asyou get older.
“Keeping healthy as an older
person is a product of lifelong
choices,” says James Silvius, the
provincial medical director of
Seniors Health for Alberta Health
Services. “But it is never too late
to change health habits or address
health needs. There are multiple
services to assist, whatever your
Your health—at any age—can
range from optimal to changing to ill.
Optimal health means you have thebest physical and mental health youcan. You’re active, eat healthy foodsand have fulfilling relationships.You maintain optimal health byregularly seeing your doctor andother health-care professionals(dentist, optometrist and audiologist,for example).
Changing health means youroptimal health is slipping or you maybe recovering from an illness.
Your health—at any age—
can range from optimal to
changing to ill
Keeping healthy as an
older person is a product
of lifelong choices
If your health is declining, you mayfind you have less energy, troublesleeping or are emotional. If yourhealth is improving, the oppositecan be true: you have more energy,you are sleeping better and you havefewer worries. In this changingphase of health, you need the regularadvice and direction of a health-careteam.
If you are ill, your quality of lifecan be greatly affected. You maybe in pain, feel generally unwelland be withdrawn or sad. You maynot be able to drive, get out of thehouse or even get out of bed. Youneed immediate and often ongoinghelp from a health-care team to liveyour life or may even need hospitaltreatment.
While optimal health is alwaysthe ultimate goal, you and yourfamily can find balance, support andsatisfaction in any stage of health.Alberta’s health-care system hasprograms in place to help you. Themain types of care and services for
Your family doctor
Whatever your health, regular
visits to your family doctor or nurse
practitioner are key. However often
you have to go, these visits can be
important for getting screening
tests and detecting small but telling
changes to your health.
Your local pharmacist
Pharmacists are excellent partnersready to help you if you need adviceor direction about over-the-counter orprescription medicines.
Home care is a starting point tohelp you figure out the health andsocial services available to you andwhich ones are right for your needs.
Generally, for Albertans who areill or whose health has declinedsignificantly, home care helps themremain safe and independent in theirown homes. Home care programsprovide personal care services suchas help with bathing, getting dressedand assisting with medication, andmedical treatments such as caring forwounds, intravenous (IV) therapy,home safety assessments andphysiotherapy treatments. Home carecan also include palliative and end-of-life care.
Alberta Health Services andcontracted providers deliver homecare to some 108,000 Albertans.