5 Essential Lifestyle Health Tips for Seniors
The percentage of the world’s population that is over 65 years of age has increased compared to decades ago. Aging is inevitable. Mother Nature eventually takes its toll. The probability of living longer is however higher today. This can be attributed to advancement in areas such as technology and medicine.
There are a couple of things that seniors can do to improve their health such that they are not only living long lives but lives full of health and contentment. Below are 5 essential lifestyle health tips for seniors.
The body is fuelled by what we eat. As you get older, the nutritional needs of the body change. Seniors and those around them need to understand what a healthy plate looks like. It is important to look for important nutrients such as fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low fat dairy and whole grains. Foods that are high in fiber should be prioritized to avoid conditions such as hemorrhoids that are rampant with old age. Hydration should not be forgotten and the food eaten should be in sufficient servings; neither too big nor too small.
Physical exercise is important for seniors. Fitness has no age limit and in fact becomes more important as people age as the body’s immune system becomes weaker and vulnerable to many diseases and health conditions. Vigorous exercise a couple of times a week is recommended to increase the heart rate and stretch the heart once in a while.
Of course, such exercise must be done within recommended heart rates so as not to over exert the heart. Exercises will improve strength, posture and balance. As exercise is seldom done in isolation, it will provide an opportunity for seniors to socialize for example when they head out to the gym to exercise. Many carriers in different states, like North Carolina, offer SilverSneakers as a Medicare benefit.
As people age, their bodies become slower and they also weaken. Seniors are more susceptible to heart attacks for example. Such conditions are largely brought by stress and thus should be avoided. There are several ways to deal with stress as in some cases it may be unavoidable. Seniors can learn coping mechanisms for stress such as meditation and yoga. Those around them can also take steps to make sure unnecessary stress for senior is avoided.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is almost therapeutic to the body. During sleep, the body nourishes and repairs itself. As people age, sleep becomes more important as body repair is much slower than for younger people. Seniors should thus get sufficient sleep. Also, possible causes of harm such as farm tools left aimlessly should be avoided. This is because seniors would take longer to heal from such. Sufficient sleep also reduces the probability of acquiring chronic diseases.
Practice kindness and appreciation
Over time, the roles of seniors in different settings change. They may for example not be looked upon to provide for their families or make decisions in the boards they sit on. As such, this vacuum that is left needs to be filled with something else. Seniors need to be coached on the need to appreciate life on its own away from material things like money and position.
Random acts of kindness will keep seniors in touch with reality and make them feel like they are still contributing to society despite the shift in roles.
Emma is part of the community team at Greenwood Homecare who provide a range of high quality care services. Emma is passionate about improving the quality of care that elderly people receive in the UK and around the world.