As we age, our bodies require more oxygen intake to maintain optimal health. Sometimes, seniors are not able to get the oxygen they need from their environment or effectively deliver normal, healthy levels of oxygen to the lungs. In certain cases, supplemental oxygen can be helpful in providing a boost of natural energy – by effectively increasing depleted oxygen levels to optimal levels of oxygen – helping a senior think, feel and perform his or her best.
A senior’s oxygen levels are more likely to drop below normal, healthy levels, if additional medical conditions, such as those listed below, are present:
These serious medical conditions can eventually lead to cognitive decline and memory loss. Oftentimes, medical oxygen is prescribed to help supplement oxygen levels. However, sometimes a prescription for oxygen is not available – as oxygen levels have to be continually low, and low enough to meet the requirement. And other times, even with a prescription, medical oxygen is not available – sometimes due to supply chain issues. Thus, seniors who have lower than ideal oxygen levels, sometimes seek out a non-prescription, supplemental oxygen to help provide some extra oxygen for improved feelings of vitality and performance. However, please note: Oxygen Plus products, which contain pure recreational oxygen, are intended for recreational, intermittent use only, not to be used as medical nor life-saving products.
The healthy, normal oxygen saturation level (SpO2) for healthy, active individuals ranges from 96-100%, but it is common for seniors to have lower levels compared to younger adults. For individuals over 70 years of age, a typical SpO2 level may be around 95%, which is considered acceptable. However, even a slight decrease can impact the way you think, feel and perform, so many people dedicated to wellness and optimal health are aware of daily oxygen levels.
As age, pollution, what we consume (e.g., alcohol), the ambient air we breathe and vigorous activity can impact optimal levels of oxygen. Thus, if we want optimal SpO2 levels, it can be important to be mindful of our body’s fluctuating levels of oxygen throughout the day. If oxygen levels drop too low on a frequent basis, consider contacting a doctor or medical professional for guidance.
While there are a wide variety of oxygen monitoring devices available, we suggest choosing an O2 monitor that can easily accompany your oxygen intake. Accurately measuring the amount of oxygen delivered helps ensure one is receiving the ideal amount of oxygen – rather than too much or too little. With proper monitoring, a senior and young person alike will experience the mental and physical benefits supplemental oxygen, like an O+ portable oxygen canister, has to offer.
Studies have found that administering supplemental oxygen to individuals with lowered blood oxygen saturation levels can help improve cognitive function and memory recall.
Supplemental oxygen can be used to help people of all ages, including healthy, active seniors increase energy and activity levels. Further, breathing enriched oxygen can boost a senior’s physical endurance by restoring depleted oxygen to the muscles. This can help aid seniors' engagement and participation in light exercises, like walking or yoga, and other physical activities which are beneficial for overall health.
In addition, customers have shared that they breathe supplemental oxygen to help reduce fatigue, headaches, and breathlessness that can accompany a senior’s decreased breathing capacity. It can be used to help seniors enjoy activities like travel, going to the movies and socializing with friends. With proper use, supplemental oxygen can help seniors lead more active lives.
When considering supplemental oxygen for healthy, non-medical, recreational use, Oxygen Plus (O+) is an excellent option due to its purity and quality guaranteed. Filled with 99.5% pure oxygen in a clean room environment at a FDA-Registered Facility, Oxygen Plus canisters are small, portable and lightweight, making them easy to carry and perfect fit for active, healthy seniors who are on the go.
Overall, supplemental oxygen, like Oxygen Plus, can be a valuable tool for healthy, active seniors seeking to improve the quality of life and maintain more independence. With proper monitoring and guidance from an oximeter, such as the iHealth Pulse Oximeter from Oxygen Plus, wellness-minded seniors can enjoy the many benefits associated with supplemental oxygen.