It’s never too late to take charge of your health, regardless of your age. There are simple lifestyle changes that you can make now that should make a big difference. Here are 5 tips to healthy aging for the elderly:
#1 Eat clean
Nutrition is the foundation for a healthy body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, micronutrients in vitamin and mineral rich foods are crucial for preventing diseases. For senior citizens, calcium and vitamin D are especially vital for healthy bones, and if you are in good health, new research suggests you may get enough of these important vitamins and minerals strictly through a healthy diet. Researchers in China discovered that taking vitamin D supplements did not provide older adults over the age of 50 with a greater degree of protection against fractures when compared to peers who did not take these supplements. The study looked at more than 51 thousand people aged 50 and up. They found that there was no difference in fracture risk with those who took a supplement versus participants with no treatment. However, this research included only healthy people out in the community, and did not apply to elderly living in nursing homes who may have a poorer diet, less sun exposure and mobility, and who are at particularly high risk for fractures.
#2 Workout regularly
As we age, our body lose muscle strength. Simple tasks for a younger person of carrying groceries or going up a set of stairs can turn into a challenge for the elderly. One of the most effective ways to stay strong is strength training. Studies at Tufts University show that regular lifting helps build your muscle mass and reduce chronic medical conditions:
- Arthritis: Lowers pain, increases strength/flexibility
- Diabetes: Helps blood sugar levels
- Osteoporosis: Strengthens bones
- Heart Problems: Lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Back Pain: Improves back/abs that takes less pressure off the spine
#3 Find hobbies
Physical activity helps the brain stay healthy. Senior citizens who are more active are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. They also have higher cognitive function. You can even take walks every day as a form of exercise. We also recommend gardening, yoga, golfing, or swimming.
“Your quality of life will only improve if you stay active and engaged,” said Andy Cruz Pride PHC Vice President. “Our team is here to help you or your loved ones continue their favorite activities and serve as a support system.”
#4 Regular doctor check-ups
A trained health professional will run appropriate tests and check your body to pinpoint any problems. Their assessments will also help you and your family develop specifics for a treatment plan.
Insomnia is a common condition among adults over the age of 60. The use of CPAP machines or medications can cause even more problems. We recommend you develop a nighttime routine, keep your bedroom dark, and reduce your use of electronics before bed. If you’re still having trouble sleeping, visit a doctor.