Healthy Aging Tips for Seniors
At White Glove Community Care, we care about our aging community which is why we work hard to provide the best care we can to those in our community who need us most. September is Healthy Aging Month, so we are here to offer some tips to help our seniors stay on track to stay healthy.
When it comes to aging, proper nutrition is key to aging well. Selecting healthy food choices like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products are vital for everyday health. Make sure our seniors are also drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated as well!
Physical activity and exercise are always good for our bodies, especially for our seniors. Studies have shown that regular physical activity helps to improve our mental and physical health, which are important to maintain as you age. Regular exercise helps to prevent and manage diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. It also helps to improve their strength and flexibility to prevent falls.
Get Enough Sleep
According to the National Institute on Aging, older adults should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. It is important for seniors to get a good night’s sleep to help them feel less irritable and/or depressed, improve their cognitive health, and to help prevent falls and/or accidents.
Schedule Regular Check Ups
Getting regular doctor checkups are especially important for seniors because they are more susceptible to illness with age. Those with underlying health conditions should make sure to schedule appointments regularly to ensure their health conditions are being managed and they are given the appropriate treatments and medications.
Take Care of Brain Health
According to the National Institute on Aging, as a person ages certain parts of the brain shrink, especially those responsible for learning and complex mental activities. Therefore, it is important for seniors to take care of their brain health as they age and perform activities like creative hobbies such as painting or crafting. Crossword puzzles and board games like chess can also help to keep their brains active.
As a person ages, strong connections with family and friends are helpful for both their physical and mental health. Making sure our seniors are keeping in touch with loved ones helps them to combat loneliness in our older adults by reminding them they have people there for them. If they don’t have family, their caregivers become the next best anchor in providing them the connection they need.
Thank You Caregivers!
Thank you to our White Glove caregivers who continue to provide care for our aging community. We hope you find these tools useful in helping our seniors stay healthy. If you are a Caregiver looking for work, come join our exceptional caregiving team to help us provide care for the seniors in your community who need you most by applying today!