6 Simple Tips for Staying Vibrant as a Senior

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posted by Ted Ryan on April 09, 2014

The benefits of staying healthy are universal but become increasingly important with age. Following these basic guidelines can help continue a happy and fulfilling life for as long as possible:
  1. Know your medications.  Know what they are, why you are taking them and the proper way to take them.  Be your own medical advocate. Studies show that people live longer happier lives when they participate in their own health care choices.
  2. Get enough rest.  Seven to nine hours a night is recommended.  Getting enough rest helps retain energy levels and mental clarity. Practice good sleeping habits such as keeping a set routine, avoiding caffeine late in the day and limiting liquid and big meals before bedtime.
  3. Exercise regularly.  Approximately 20 minutes a day is optimal. Even a five minute walk can maintain endurance and strength which helps prevent falls. Falls are among the top reasons that people have to leave their homes. Exercise also increases lung capacity and clear thinking.
  4. Stay hydrated.  Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.  Drinking plenty of fluid helps prevent urinary tract infections, kidney problems, constipation and confusion.  As we age, we lose our feelings of thirst, but making an effort to meet this goal can do wonders for your well-being.
  5. Get an annual flu shot and pneumonia vaccine, if medically appropriate. Help yourself avoid getting sick. The immune system weakens with age so it’s extra important for seniors to get a flu shot. Most major pharmacies and supermarkets conveniently offer the vaccination with no appointment necessary.
  6. Eat a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean meats. This can increase energy and boost your immune system.  Treat yourself to sweets on occasion. Taking care of your whole body by minding what you put in it is one of the best ways to enjoy each day to its full extent, even into your senior years.
Reaping the rewards of a healthy lifestyle doesn’t require a strenuous regimen. Treat your body well and it’ll return the favor, keeping you at the top of your game through your later years.

If we may be of any help, please let us know. Sometimes a little help from a caregiver – cooking a nice meal or company taking a walk – is just what it takes to get on track to a healthy, vibrant living.

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