Top 5 Healthy Tips for Older Adults
People in the continental Untied States and here in Hawaii are living longer than ever before. Many older adults live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. Listed below are my top 5 Healthy Tips for Older Adults!
1 Keep Active
Do something to keep fit each day—something you enjoy that
maintains strength, balance, flexibility and promotes cardiovascular health.
Physical activity helps you stay at a healthy weight, prevent or control
illness, sleep better, reduce stress, maintain brain health, avoid falls and
look and feel better, too.
2 Eat Well
Combined with physical activity, eating nutritious foods in the right
amounts can help keep you healthy. Many illnesses, such as heart
disease, obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis,
can be prevented or controlled with dietary changes and exercise. Calcium
and vitamin D supplements can help women prevent osteoporosis.
Having friends and social connections is very good for your mental and
physical health. As we age friendships create a feeling of belonging, a
buffer against stress and a sense of purpose in feeling needed by our
4 Prevent Falls
We become vulnerable to falls as we age. Prevent falls and injury by
removing loose carpet or throw rugs. Keep paths clear of electrical cords
and clutter, and use night-lights in hallways and bathrooms. Did you know
that people who walk barefoot fall more frequently? Wear shoes with good
support to reduce the risk of falling.
5 Boost Brain Power
Exercise!!! Aerobic activities like walking, swimming or anything that gets
your heart rate up. Moderate levels of strength/resistance training with
balance and coordination will greatly help you mantain brain health. The
more you use your mind, the better it will work. Read, do crossword
puzzles. Try word or game puzzles. Socializing also gives your brain a
boost, so join a bridge club or a discussion group at your local library or
senior center or take a course at your local community college. Balanced
nutrition, quality sleep, and stress management will also help boost your