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Healthy Habits for Seniors

Leading a healthy lifestyle is important at every age, but as we get older our wellbeing becomes more dependent on our lifestyle choices. Contrary to popular beliefs, healthy living is more than just diet and exercise. In fact, our physical well-being also relies on our mental, spiritual, and social health. Share these tips with your senior to help them improve or maintain their quality of life.

Visit Your Doctor
As we age we become more prone to illnesses, that’s why it’s so important to make sure we take preventative measures. Visiting your doctor for regularly scheduled visits ensures that any illness or disease will be caught early so treatment plans can be put into place. Visiting with your doctor also allows you to stay on top of your medications, including the type and dosage.

Eat Healthy
When we age, basic daily activities can become more difficult. It’s important to take care of our bones and overall health through a healthy diet. Make sure to eat meals with all food groups, especially leafy greens, fruit, and foods high in fiber.

Socialize
Healthy social lives can help us more than we think. In fact, socialization has been said to help fight off illnesses, colds, and even the flu. Proper socialization can also prevent feelings of depression, isolation, or loneliness. Joining groups such as bridge or book clubs can be great ways to meet new people and stay busy during free time.

Drink Plenty of Fluids
As we age, it can be difficult to drink the proper amount of fluids each day. Getting enough liquids, both through drinking and eating is crucial to digestion and general health. Consider using fun, low sugar drinks like lemon or berry infused waters or flavorful soups to help stay hydrated.

Get Your Exercise
Maintaining strong muscles and bones can prevent falls and even help speed up the healing process when injuries do occur. Contact your local recreation center for information on senior memberships. Always ask for guidance when trying a new exercise, and above all, make sure you consult your doctor before exercising consistently.

Take Advantage of Studies and Clinics
Many clinics and universities conduct studies that monitor senior health and wellness. These can be helpful in providing you or senior with new information about illnesses and diseases as well as ways to prevent or treat them.

Sleep!
As we age, it’s not uncommon to wake up frequently throughout the night, due to insomnia or bathroom breaks. This can disturb our sleep patterns and keep us from getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep each night. Make sure your senior’s room is comfortable, both in bedding and temperature. Don’t be afraid to consult your doctor if interrupted sleep is affecting your quality of life.

Our Carespring skilled rehabilitation facilities and nursing homes in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky work hard to keep our patients healthy and happy. Stay tuned for more health and wellness tips for you or your senior.