Maintain Health and Wellness in Your Senior Years

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Maintaining health and wellness in your senior years is a great way to remain encouraged, energetic, and productive. Staying healthy allows you to enjoy special activities, including walking in a park to watching your children grow and mature into adults. In addition, you want to make your golden years a part of midlife, giving you 30 to 40 years of a comfortable retirement. Health and wellness need to be a core part of everyday life, from getting outside to eating right. Make your days memorable with these keys to healthy living tips for seniors.

Attention to Medications

Many seniors take some form of medication, from high blood pressure pills to daily aspirins. Pay attention to your daily medication. Even set a timer to ensure you take the medicines on time. Expiration dates are critical as well. If you find your prescriptions outdated, order a new supply. Although the medication may not be harmful, it can lose its potency over time, similar to spoiled milk.

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about timing certain medications and their interactions. People taking medications on an empty stomach, for instance, may experience stomach problems immediately afterward. Timing your prescriptions and making sure they don’t react negatively together allows you to have a quality life each day.

Get Outside

Although you are not looking to get a tan, you still need some sunlight exposure. As you walk or sit in the sun for just 10 minutes, the radiation helps you produce vitamin D. This vitamin is not typically found in foods unless it is fortified, such as vitamin D milk. In addition, vitamin D allows your body to absorb calcium efficiently, effectively avoiding bone-thinning diseases, including osteoporosis.

Exercising Boosts Morale

Exercising helps you maintain a healthy weight throughout your life, boosting your morale and improving your mood and outlook. The local swimming pool is a great way to use water for resistance and exercise.

Make friends through group exercising. Take a morning walk each day to solidify the friendship even more. Staying social boosts your overall mood, too, making life better.

Eating for Health

You may pride yourself on sauteing your vegetables each night, but try to eat more raw fruits and vegetables. Depending on the food, specific cooking strategies damage the nutrients hidden in the food. For instance, you receive more vitamins than cooked carrots when you eat raw carrots. Steaming, however, doesn’t affect most vegetables’ nutrient content, making this one of the better selections.

To make eating fruits easier, buy several tools, including apple corers and peelers. Making the fruit easier to eat only encourages you to grab an apple, orange, or banana more often than a fatty snack.

Portioning is Crucial

With restaurants offering overflowing plates, it’s hard to visualize a typical portion meal. However, when you portion each meal correctly, you get a well-balanced amount of nutrients to make you feel fuller for longer. For example, a quarter of your dinner plate should have lean meat, including white meat, chicken, or fish. Another quarter consists of carbohydrates, or grains, such as potatoes or rice. Finally, the remaining half plate should have an equal amount of fruits and vegetables. By looking at your plate in this manner, you can understand what your body truly needs from a nutrition standpoint.

Listen to Your Body

You know your body better than anyone, even your doctor. So contact your doctor immediately if you notice a new pain that doesn’t go away. You may have specific aches and pains that are chronic but normal, such as a knee injury. In addition, be aware of acute pains in the chest or radiating down the arm. Don’t ignore these pains, in particular, because they may indicate a more serious heart condition.

Keep a regular appointment schedule with your doctor to stay on top of chronic conditions. From diabetes to recovering cancer patients, consistent care breeds good health.

Go Online

Stay connected with your friends and family far from home by going online. Use social media sites to keep up with daily updates, pictures, and basic conversations. Contact with your loved ones makes everyone feel included in the family, creating a stronger bond as the year’s pass.

There’s a lot to understand and absorb regarding health and wellness in your senior years. Attention to diet, exercising, and socializing are essential for long and happy life. So keep up with a healthy lifestyle to enjoy every day as you desire.

Baxter Senior Living is an Anchorage assisted living and memory care community. We would love to show you how Baxter can provide a lot of the opportunities that you may need to stay active and healthy. We have a wonderful family-like community here and would love to give you a tour. You can reach out to our senior living advisor by calling (907) 865-3500 or completing our contact form.

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