How to Keep a Healthy Lifestyle After 75
While there are some parts of aging that can’t be controlled, there are many aspects that can be. For example, by living a healthy lifestyle, you can stay strong, prevent pain related to major health conditions, and deeply enjoy your golden years. Here are some tips for healthy senior living.
Exercise is one of the keys to health at any age and becomes even more important as we reach our more mature years. Exercise helps prevent loss of muscle mass, maintains strength, and can even prevent fall injuries by improving balance. The best way to get exercise is by choosing something you enjoy doing, be that walking, biking, swimming, or doing Tai Chi. For those with balance problems or joint pain, swimming or aqua aerobics are a great choice. You can participate in swimming even if you use a mobility aid like a cane or wheelchair, as the water helps support your weight. Make sure you speak to your doctor before beginning any exercise program, and start slowly if you’re not used to regular exercise.
Eating well is right on par with exercise when it comes to healthy senior living. Older people often experience loss of appetite due to changes in the sense of taste and smell, or due to the physical struggles of cooking. If you have trouble enjoying your food, try experimenting with herbs and spices to give your food more flavor. Make sure you get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. If you have special dietary needs, consider speaking to a nutritionist, who can help you plan meals for your unique requirements.
Take Care of Your Mind and Heart
Seniors can suffer from depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions. Staying healthy means caring for your body as well as your mind. If feelings of sadness or worry interfere with your ability to function in your day-to-day life, see your healthcare provider. Depression and anxiety are treatable and are not a sign of weakness. It also helps to do whatever you can to keep an active social life. Many seniors enjoy volunteering, which can also help you maintain your sense of purpose.
Get some help
Learn more about in-home senior care for yourself or your loved one from the dedicated staff at Pari Home Care. We are known for our flexible hourly and in-home care from everything from running errands and help around the house with daily chores to more personal care.
If you need help, get it. It’s very important to maintain your independence, but do not ignore the realities. If you cannot safely make it on your own, reach out to family and friends for assistance. Independence may become more difficult as we age, but we still have the freedom to choose our own path. You’ll be able to stay in your current home and neighborhood longer if you build a support network of people who can help when it’s necessary. To supplement or compensate for your natural support network consider reaching out to deluxe senior care provider like Pari Home Care.
For more information, please call our office at (613) 266-6765 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation or you can send us an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our staff will contact you.