We can’t stop our bodies getting older, but we can make healthy choices which can impact on our overall wellbeing. Aging naturally takes its toll on our bodies. Common ailments associated with aging include arthritis, glaucoma and osteoporosis, but there are many other conditions that become more likely the older we get. Staying in good health is important for anyone wanting to enjoy their golden years. These tips can help seniors stay healthy and get the most out of life.
A healthy, balanced diet is crucial for good health at all ages and aiming to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day is a simple step towards a nutritious diet. Protein is also increasingly important as we age because it helps repair our body’s cells. As we get older, ensuring we get enough vitamins becomes even more critical to build a strong immune system that can fight illness. Supplements can be a great way of righting any deficiencies and with protein shakes and meal replacements readily available, it has never been easier to meet your nutritional needs.
Drinking enough water is vital for staying healthy. Dehydration can make it difficult to remain focused and for seniors who find it hard to retain information in the way they could when they were younger, not drinking enough water can compound confusion or forgetfulness. Dehydration can also cause dizziness which can be particularly dangerous for seniors who are unsteady on their feet. Furthermore, our bodies need water to regulate temperature and repair damaged cells, which is especially important as we age.
Staying mobile is necessary for good health and even gentle exercise can have a big impact on overall health and wellbeing. Some seniors are still running marathons or remaining active with long walks, swimming or yoga, but for those who are less active, armchair exercises such as stretches and flexing can retain muscle and help seniors stay strong and healthy. As well as reducing the risk of serious health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, exercising has other benefits too, such as helping maintain a healthy sleep pattern – particularly important for seniors as too little sleep can contribute to cognitive problems including memory loss and dementia.
Being around other people has an enormous effect on our wellbeing and research shows this is particularly true for seniors. Many enjoy the social aspect that joining a community such as Bella Terra assisted living affords, and find their improved quality of life has a positive impact on both their physical and mental health.
Regular health checks are particularly important for seniors as any decline can be rapid. As well as general checks such as blood pressure and oxygen levels, be sure to have sight tests at least every two years (and more frequently if advised) and hearing tests every year.
You will never regret following a healthy lifestyle, so follow a healthy diet, stay hydrated, stay active and social, and seek advice if you have any health concerns.