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.

 

 

3  Socialize

                     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

                     friends.

                    

 

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

                      brain reserves.