When it comes to becoming healthy seniors in the future, it is always better to start building healthy habits early. However, with that said, it is never too late to get started on good habits. These habits make a difference especially for seniors who are more susceptible to illness, or for those who have led an unhealthy lifestyle in the past. Here are some tips to keep healthy habits for aging seniors.
Start with a Healthy Diet
Over time, as a person grows older, the digestive system will slow down. As such, foods like vegetables, high-fiber fruits, whole grains and more should be a large part of their diet. Furthermore, since seniors are more prone to dehydration, they should drink plenty of liquids and water in order to stay hydrated and healthy.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
When it comes to health, prevention is always better than cure. Frequent preventive care visits, such as health screenings for heart problems, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and cancer check-ups are important. Seniors should also get vaccinations against certain diseases like pneumonia and influenza which can be deadly and serious when one is affected by the disease.
Learn More about Medication Management
It is also critical to be constantly asking about and reviewing a senior’s medications with their physicians. Record any new symptom and think about possible drug interactions. Symptoms include drowsiness, loss of appetite, allergic reactions and more. Take note of these when a senior has started a new medication or recently changed medications.
Sleep is Important
As people get older, waking up frequently in the middle of the night and insomnia becomes increasingly common. When evening rolls around, turn the lights down to make seniors feel more sleepy. Also, ensure that seniors are in a comfortable and quiet room.
Take Care of Mental Health
A decline in mental health can occur in seniors. In order to stimulate the minds of seniors, those around them can do crossword puzzles, read and write with them, or even spend time playing board games and developing new hobbies with seniors.
Check if there are Changes in Vision
Seniors who are long-sighted or myopic should have their vision checked every year, and have their eyes screened to ensure that there are no pressing health issues. Furthermore, having the right pair of glasses and ensuring that seniors can see can greatly reduce the probability of a senior falling down.
Stay Physically Active
By keeping active physically, a senior’s memory and energy can be improved. If seniors do not have exercise programs that have been approved by a physician, they can also take short strolls or long walks. This is important to their overall well-being, and allows caregivers to have less things to worry about.
Encourage Seniors to Live in Senior Living Communities
Another way to build good habits in seniors is to encourage them to look into senior living communities, where the food served is delicious and healthy, and where they have a full calendar of engaging activities for seniors to choose from. It is a good way to keep seniors physically active and encourage them to socialize with other residents staying there.
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