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The 7-Step Guide to Healthy Living for Seniors

Guest article provided by: Kimberly Hayes @ PublicHealthAlert

It’s no secret that our bodies and minds begin to change as we age. Accepting the changes and adjusting our lifestyles is crucial for staying healthy and enjoying a full life. 2 Life Health has listed seven tips for maintaining your health and well-being as a senior!

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1. Find the right skilled nursing facility

If you need 24/7 care, it might be time to move into a skilled nursing facility. Look for one that offers quality services tailored to your needs. Do your research, ask friends or family for recommendations, and ensure that any facility you consider has all the necessary resources before you decide. And check if the facility is Medicare-approved while you’re at it!

2. Pick up a new hobby

Staying active is key for seniors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you want something new to try, pick up a hobby like gardening, fishing, painting, or playing an instrument. Having something fun and challenging in your routine can keep you engaged while reducing your stress levels. Plus, there’s a wealth of online tutorials available if you don’t know where to start.

3. Invest in high-quality supplements

Older adults require higher levels of vitamins and minerals than younger people due to lower absorption rates of essential nutrients in the body. You can feel nutritional gaps in your diet by taking high-quality supplements, which can also provide extra benefits like increased energy and reduced inflammation. Speak with your doctor about which types and brands of supplements will work best for you.

4. Maintain your social life

Social interaction is critical for mental health and overall well-being at any age. Be intentional about staying connected with friends and family by scheduling regular catch-ups online or over the phone (if you can’t meet in person). Also, consider joining a book club or virtual class to meet other people who share similar interests!

5. Eat well and stay fit

The key to a balanced diet and consistent fitness routine is variety. Try different types of foods from all food groups to give your body the nutrients it needs without having to rely on supplements all the time. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day, and don’t be afraid to switch between various styles (e.g., yoga, brisk walking, dancing, etc.).

Here are a few other tips to consider:

  • Practice mindful eating.

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  • Limit processed foods.

  • Get regular checkups at your local clinic or doctor’s office for additional dietary guidance.

6. Get better sleep

Achieving adequate sleep is one of the most crucial components of living a healthy life in your golden years. As you age, your body needs more restful and consistent sleep, and a good night's rest will help you stay alert and focused during the day.

To get better sleep, try sticking to a regular bedtime routine and make sure your bedroom encourages restful sleep by keeping noise, light, and temperature levels comfortable. Additionally, limit your caffeine and alcohol intake before bed to minimize sleep disruptions throughout the night.

7. Modify your home

There are a wealth of home modifications that can help you live comfortably and safely in your home as a senior. From installing grab bars and bathrooms to providing better lighting, you can customize your home to fit your specific needs and preferences.

Non-slip rugs and mats can help prevent falls, and ramps or lifts can aid mobility around the house. Moreover, be sure to keep all electrical cords and wires out of the way to prevent tripping.

The Bottom Line

Healthy living is just as important for you as it is for younger folks — if not more so! By choosing a top-notch skilled nursing facility (if necessary), staying social, taking care of your body, and following the other tips in this article, you can enjoy life more fully while staying safe and healthy in the process. Never forget how valuable it is to take care of yourself!

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