WHAT ARE LIFESTYLE CHANGES SENIORS CAN MAKE TO LEAD A HEALTHY LIFE AS THEY AGE?
A balanced diet and participation in regular exercise are paramount in maintaining a healthy life for people of all ages. Routine exercise and healthy diet in seniors can have an even more noticeable impact in their general well-being. Many diseases in seniors may be prevented or at least slowed down as a result of a healthy life style. Osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressures, diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression, and certain cancers are some of the common conditions that can be positively modified in seniors through diet, exercise, and other simple lifestyle changes.
In addition to diet and exercise, other important life style modifications to lead to a healthier life in seniors include:
Limiting alcohol intake
Using skin moisturizers and sun protection
Brushing and flossing teeth once or twice a day
Staying proactive in own healthcare and participating in decision making
Going to the primary care doctor routinely
Reviewing list of medications with their doctor(s) often
Following recommended instructions for health screening, preventive tests, and vaccinations
Visiting a dentist annually or biannually
Following up with eye doctor and foot doctor, especially for people with diabetes
Being aware of potential medication side effects and drug interactions including over the counter drugs, herbals, and alternative medicine
Adhering to routine sleep schedule and using good sleep hygiene
Engaging in routine and scheduled social activities
Visiting &calls to family and friends!!!!!
BE AS HEALTHY AS YOU CAN BE!!!!!!
Nurse DeDe AL Clinical Nurse Mgr.