14 Tips to Boost Your Wellbeing and Happiness as You Age
Are you looking for ways to maintain your health, happiness and well-being as you get older?
Diet, exercise and getting social play a vital role in promoting overall well-being, and they can have an even greater impact on seniors.
By incorporating healthy habits, you can prevent or slow down the progression of common conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression, and certain cancers.
It may seem daunting, but small changes can make a big difference in our health and well-being.
Let's take it one step at a time and work together to keep ourselves in the best shape possible!
Eating a balanced diet
Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats is crucial for maintaining good health as we age.
Engaging in regular physical activity
Regular exercise can help seniors maintain a healthy weight, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and improve overall health.
Get motivated to move more with these 20 minute exercise routines for seniors.
Limiting alcohol intake
Consuming no more than one drink daily can help everyone (seniors or not!) maintain good health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Giving up smoking is one of THE most important things you can do to help prevent chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.
Using skin moisturisers and sun protection
Keeping your skin moisturized and protected from the sun can help prevent skin tears, wrinkles, and age spots and offer protection against skin cancers.
Don't underestimate the power of flossing! Flossing your teeth at least once or twice a day will contribute to good oral health and prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Staying proactive in your healthcare
Take an active role in your healthcare by participating in decision making and going to the primary care doctor regularly.
Reviewing medications with your doctor
It's essential to review the list of medications with your doctor(s) frequently to ensure you're taking the right medications, in the right doses and to avoid possible drug interactions.
Following recommended health screening
Keep up with the recommended instructions for health screening and preventive tests to detect and prevent diseases at an early stage.
Visit your dentist
When was the last time you visited the dentist? Book your appointment annually or biannually to maintain good oral health and detect any dental issues early.
Following up with eye doctor and foot doctor
Scheule a visit with an eye doctor and a foot doctor regularly to detect and prevent any complications. This is especially important if you have diabetes.
Being aware of medication side effects and drug interactions
Be aware of the potential side effects and drug interactions of medications, including over-the-counter drugs, herbals, and alternative medicine.
Adhering to a routine sleep schedule
Maintaining a regular sleep schedule and practicing good sleep hygiene to promote restful slumber can have a dramatic effect on well-being!
Engaging in social activities
When you interact and connect with others, it can help boost your mood and ward off depression. Being socially active or volunteering can also give you a sense of purpose and fulfillment while keeping you involved in the community.
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The Adaptive Clothing Australia Team