As we ease into the new year, many people are working hard on sticking with their resolutions. For some seniors, improving health is at the top of their list.
Getting healthy can be overwhelming, especially for those who are a long way from their goals. You don’t have to change your entire life to improve your health. Small lifestyle changes can be incredibly impactful and are typically easier to stick to than major changes.
Here are a few resolutions that seniors can make for healthy aging:
Several changes occur with age that can increase a senior’s risk of dehydration. Not only does your sense of thirst decrease, but your body also has a harder time conserving water.
Chronic dehydration can make it difficult to adapt to temperature changes and can cause an electrolyte imbalance. Seniors can reduce their risk for dehydration by:
It is a common misconception that you need less sleep as you age. Like most people, seniors need an average of 7 to 8 hours of sleep for optimal health. Studies have even shown a correlation between sleep and dementia.
A few tips for seniors to improve sleep include:
Falls are a leading cause of injuries and death among seniors. They can be caused by a variety of age-related changes, including:
Exercise is highly beneficial to a senior’s health. Exercise can help seniors maintain their weight and can even improve some medical conditions. Regular exercise can also reduce the risk of falling or, at the very least, increase the ability to recover from a fall.
A few ways that seniors can incorporate more exercise for healthy aging include:
If you are an older adult struggling to improve or maintain your health, it may be time to explore senior care options. Our senior care advisors can help you locate a community that supports a healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions, please contact us by calling 888-514-6461. Our guidance is always free.