Living Longer with HIV!

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POZABILITIES HEALTHY LIVING WITH HIV CHECKUP

DAILY CHECKUP

1.       Will I get enough exercise today? I

2.       Do I have an exercise plans?

3.       Will today’s food be nutritious?

4.       Did I sleep well last night?

5.       Have I planned a new activity today?

6.       What am I doing to keep active?

7.       Who will I see today?

8.       Should I drink less alcohol today?

9.       Will I stop smoking today?

10.     Will I take my meds on time?

WEEKLY CHECKUP

1.       What is my average weight? Am I gaining, losing or staying the same?

2.       Have I had any ongoing health problems this week?

3.       Am I eating healthy food this week?

4.       How much exercise did I get this week?

5.       Have I planned an active weekend?

6.       Am I seeing other people this week?

7.       Am I still smoking?

8.       Did I take  my meds as prescribed?

THREE MONTH CHECK-UP

1.       Overall, how has my health been?

2.       Have I had any recurring health problems?

3.       Have there been any changes in my vision or hearing?

4.       Have there been any changes in my mood?

5.       Have I had my checkup?

6.       Did I make a list of questions for my doctor?

7.       How is my blood pressure?

8.       How has my mood been lately?

9.       What is the state of my finances?

10.     What are my plans for the future?

11.   Have I quit smoking?

 

Adapted from the Wellness Checklist found in the 2014 version of Coming Of Age, A Guide To Ageing Well With HIV, a comprehensive guide produced by Justri.org. You can download the 124 page PDF here. You’ll find information on ageing well and health conditions that affect HIV as well as some terrific quotes and cartoons.

 

THE NEWEST WRINKLE

You’ve made it to 50, maybe older and you’re HIV+. Now What?
Effective treatment and good medical care has extended the lives of people with HIV. By 2015 more than half the people with AIDS in the U.S. will be over 50 years old. Many people have been living with HIV for 25 years or more and the number of people over 50 who are newly diagnosed is increasing. New, drugs get much of the credit but adherence, monitoring and exercise and healthy eating are just as important.
For many aging is a pleasant experience with more time for the things we enjoy. At the same time there can be some difficulties. Remaining healthy and active, living with less money, and getting needed help can sometimes be difficult. Even so, life now can be a positive experience.
Staying Healthy

As with the general population, age brings on new health problems. Heart disease, cancer, bone disease, and kidney problems Often these conditions appear earlier in people with HIV. This often leads to juggling medications. Each new health condition offers the chance of drug-disease interactions and drug-drug interactions. Routine medical care is essential. Monitoring your general health is now just as important as keeping tabs on HIV. Be sure to have an annual physical. Keep notes on your daily and monthly complaints and take these with you to your doctor visits.

Not everyone is affected the same way. “Someone might have HIV, heart disease, and kidney disease but still be able to go out and play tennis every day. And then someone who’s the same age and who has the exact same conditions might be having a lot of trouble with activities of daily living and might be in a nursing home.” explains Meredith Greene, MD UCSF Division of Geriatrics.

There are ways to remain as healthy as possible as you age with HIV.

Eating nutritious food and being aware of what foods help or hinder any additional health condition can promote a healthier life. HIV activist. Nelson Vergel, a longtime HIV/AIDS activist has a video with some great tips. It’s 20 minutes of time well spent.

Regular exercise isn’t just about feeling and looking good, it is beneficial for immune function, heart, bone, and mental health. Walking and briskly climbing stairs can be helpful in heart and lung functioning and keep your body flexible. Yoga or stretching improves flexibility and muscle tone. Power walking, jogging, running, cycling and swimming improve your heart and lungs and strengthen your bones. Weight training increases muscle size, endurance, bone strength and joint health. If you don’t have an exercise routine you can start with walking. If you have questions about your ability, talk to your doctor about a routine that is good for you.

Mental Health

Nearly everyone has mental health challenges at some point in their lives. Finding support can  be helpful with everyday depression and unease with growing older. Talking openly with friends can help. So can volunteering. Find an organization that promotes something you like and volunteer. But just when do you need to seek professional mental health counseling? If you no longer enjoy activities that usually make you happy, become withdrawn or isolated, fell sad, or guilty, become extremely angry toward others, or feel you want to hurt yourself or others it is time to find treatment. Check your insurance for its mental health coverage. HIV+ people in San Diego can find free help at The Center.

Coming Of Age, A Guide To Ageing Well With HIV

Is comprehensive guide produced by Justri.org. You can download the 124 page PDF here. You’ll find information on ageing well and health conditions that affect HIV and ageing as well as some terrific quotes and cartoons.