What Do You Want to Know About Senior Health?
needs change with age, one thing remains the same. Healthy living is the best
way to avoid disease, prolong life, and live happier. Living a longer,
healthier life can be made easier with these simple steps.
Eat Natural Foods
foods are often full of:
- unhealthy fats
fake stuff and opt for:
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- whole grains
- fiber-rich foods lean cuts of meat
- fresh fish
shopping tip: Shop the perimeter of the store where the fresh foods are. Try to
avoid the inside aisles where many of the boxed and processed foods reside.
Get Your Vitamins
You can get
your vitamins with a daily multivitamin designed specifically for older adults,
but eating vitamin-rich foods can serve extra benefits. Many foods full of
vitamins also provide plenty of healthy fiber and minerals. Pack your meals
with vitamin-rich foods, but keep taking the multivitamin for backup.
activity is vital for developing the strong bones and muscles you need to help
avoid falls or accidental injuries. Exercise is the best way to avoid obesity
and many diseases in people of any age. If you haven't been physically active in
recent years or have concerns about beginning exercise again, talk to your
doctor before you start. They may suggest a structured or supervised exercise
environment like a rehabilitation clinic. Many hospitals have this type of
clinic for patients and those with health concerns. Aim for 30 minutes of
physical activity each day. You can break it up into three 10-minute sessions
and get the same benefits.
cigarette habit. And stay away from those who do smoke. Second-hand smoke can
be almost as dangerous. Once you stop, your risks for heart disease and some
cancers will begin decreasing right away. The longer you go without smoking,
the better. The risks continue to fall over time.
for falls increases as we age. Morbidity and mortality rates connected to falls
are also much higher in the older population. Older adults are more prone to
injuries from falls or accidents, so it's important to anticipate potential
hazards in your home. These may include, stairs, high bathtub walls, and slippery
floors. Also, exercise can improve your strength and balance. If you were to
fall or have an accident, the fact that you are physically active may make
Have Regular Checkups
doctor on a regular basis for annual screenings or to discuss your general
health will help you stay on top of any potential problems. As an older adult,
you may need to take a number of different medications. It's helpful to review
your prescriptions regularly so that your doctor can keep abreast of any
changes or side effects.
Be Realistic About Driving
drivers aren't always bad drivers. But things that come with aging like changes
in vision and slower reaction times make driving trickier and may increase the
chances of an accident. Don't ignore any new problems you notice. Talk to your
doctor about your difficulties and see whether there are any solutions.