Healthy Aging Tips For Seniors
By Marie Villeza
For seniors, aging in a healthy way includes lots of factors. Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally is imperative, and there are many ways to achieve this. It’s important to think about your health across all aspects of your life, including the time you spend at home, your social life, how much daily exercise you get, and what you eat.
Working to stay healthy means different things to different people, and as you age, there are a few small changes that can be made to your lifestyle that will help you stay active and vital. Keeping your body and mind in good shape will help you feel better and allow you to live your best life; here are a few tips on how to do just that.
Invest in your mental health
It’s not always easy to know the best ways to stay on top of your mental health, especially if you’ve battled mood disorders, stress, or substance abuse in the past. It’s different for everyone, so think about what’s best for you. That might mean learning a new skill, taking up a hobby, or investing in art therapy to help you cope with stress or anxiety, all of which can be invaluable to a senior.
Hobbies that are beneficial to your physical health include gardening, swimming, and walking, all of which can be done either alone or with a friend/group. For your mental health, painting, playing music, and woodworking can greatly reduce stress and can work as a sort of therapy to help improve your mood and your outlook. In fact, it’s often utilized for those battling substance abuse, as a recovery tool.
Keeping an active social life will help you get out and have fun, and it will give you something to look forward to as well. Look for clubs you can join in your community; you can check at the local library or at your church for group activities, as well. Set dates for once or twice a week, and consider getting your family involved if possible. Being able to spend time with your loved ones while getting out and having fun will really help you live your best life. For more tips on making sure your health takes priority, read on here.
Make your home work for you
Look around your home; does it work for your current needs? What about your future needs? As we age, our needs change, and that means our living situation may need to be adapted, as well. For some, this means making modifications to various rooms, such as the bathroom or kitchen. For others, it may mean downsizing and moving into a home that has no stairs or meets their physical needs more easily. Creating safe spaces in your home will help you avoid falls and stay healthy.
Get regular checkups
Seniors who have health issues–no matter how big or small–should make it a priority to get regular checkups from their dentist, optometrist, and primary care physician to ensure there are no problems and to make sure any medications are still doing their job. Talk to your doctor about what you can be doing at home to stay on track; for instance, if you’re living with diabetes, daily exercise and a strict diet are almost always necessary.
Your golden years can be as active and important as you want them to be; start with a good plan and try your best to stick to a routine, which can help you stay on track with your exercise and any art therapy you’re doing.
Connie’s comments: I buy my mom’s favorite red wine, plants for her garden, and treat her out with her girlfriends. There are many things that make them happy, ask them and spend time with them. Chatting with them make them happy. Let them know what make you happy too. They always wanted to help.