Getting in shape and eating healthier is at the top of the list for most people when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. While you may think that as a senior, you’re too old to make health-related changes, it’s never too late to resolve to make healthier choices! Fortunately, it’s not as hard as you may think with these tips from Griswold Home Care of Wheat Ridge, your local provider of 24/7 home care services:
- Improve your eating habits. Although your body needs fewer calories as you age, they still need to be the right kind of calories. To keep your body going strong, focus on getting the recommended number of servings of fruits and veggies daily–at least five–as well as consuming whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy and healthy sources of fat such as nuts, fish and olive oil. Consult your doctor or find a dietician if you have questions or need help with your diet.
- Get enough sleep. It’s a common misconception that older adults need less sleep than those who are younger. In actuality, you need just as much, so be sure that you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep once you go to bed, avoid taking daytime naps.
- Move your body. Exercise is not only healthy and safe for seniors–even those with health issues such as diabetes or heart problems–it’s also essential for keeping your body in the best shape possible for as long as possible. Even something as simple as gardening or a daily walk can have health benefits, though it is important to include strength training at least twice a week as well. Check with a local gym or family center to find out what programs they may have for seniors.
- Exercise your brain. Giving your brain a workout is just as important as exercising your body. The more you use it, the better it will work! Activities such as reading, doing crossword puzzles and playing number games such as Sudoku are all great ways to keep your mind working. If these ideas seem a little dull to you, find a friend! Staying social is also an excellent way to stimulate your brain, so consider joining a discussion group, volunteering or even taking a class to learn something new while also interacting with other people.
- Take a multivitamin. People of all ages need vitamins and supplements to ensure that their bodies are getting the appropriate nutrients. While there are over-the-counter options available, there are many different formulations to choose from. Check with your doctor to ensure that you get the one that will work best for you.
How Can We Help?
Griswold Home Care of Wheat Ridge provides kind, compassionate in-home assistance for elderly individuals in the Denver metro area. To learn how we can help you or your loved one, give us a call today at (303) 622-5585. We will be happy to connect you with one of our experienced caregivers.