Seniors want to enjoy their golden years to the fullest. If you’re a senior who is constantly worried about your mental and physical health, however, doing that can become a difficult task. Thankfully, there are many ways to ensure your safety, health, and happiness as a senior (as long as you know where to look). To assist seniors in living their golden years to the fullest, here are seven healthy living tips for seniors:
1. Get a Life-Alert
You could fall or experience a devastating injury at any moment, so being prepared to alert help and get medical attention ASAP is crucial. Especially when you’re elderly, the amount of damage an injury can do to your body is two-fold, so knowing that you can get help quickly will give you peace of mind. Being aware of how far away from medical help is from your home can be useful as well..
2. Stay Active
Frequent physical activity is fantastic for fighting depression symptoms. Not all elderly people can stay incredibly active, and it’s unlikely that you’ll be as in shape as you were in your younger years. No matter what your limitations are, however, finding ways to stay active when possible is critical. Not only will it extend your life, but it will help give you endorphins that will be insanely beneficial for your mental health. Going for a walk with your dog, or a loved one is one of the best ways for seniors to stay active and healthy in a safe manner. As a senior, it is important to be aware of your surroundings. Car on pedestrian accidents are occuring more and more. In May of 2022, a man visit Chicago’s miracle mile was struck by a car fleeing police. The accident resulted in the man have both legs amputated. Awareness is extremely important.
3. Practice Cancer Prevention
Unfortunately, seniors are more at risk for cancer than any other age group. Due to this, it’s crucial that you get regular cancer screenings, and take care to prevent using products, or getting into situations that will increase your chances of developing cancer. Cancer is incredibly difficult to treat at an advanced age, so avoiding it and doing regular screenings for it is one of the best healthcare investments you can make.
4. See Your Dentist and Optician Regularly
Both seniors’ teeth and eyes are at much higher risk than younger age groups. The diminishing health and foundation of your eye and teeth health are hard to overstate. To ensure you find problems ahead of time, and treat problems before they become difficult to reverse, you should see both your dentist and optician at least twice a year. The increased level of degradation in your teeth and eyes makes this an absolute necessity.
5. Be Aware of Sun Exposure
Sun exposure is particularly grating on the skin and visual health of seniors. Knowing how to prevent exposure that will lead to potentially cancerous developments or severe sunburns that will prove extremely painful, you must avoid prolonged exposure to the sun if at all possible. Buying senior-specific sun lotions and sunscreen is highly recommended for those who still want to get out into the sun regularly. Vitamin D intake will help prevent skin damage in seniors as well.
6. Keep Your Alcohol Consumption Low
Alcohol is a dangerous substance that causes health problems for every age group, especially for those who have substance abuse problems. When you’re a senior, the effects of alcohol are more severe, and the health consequences of alcohol abuse skyrocket. Blindness, cancer, overdose, and more serious, and even deadly, side effects are more common in seniors who abuse alcohol. If you need help because you’re struggling with addiction, it’s important to find a support group that can help you retake your life from the grasp of alcohol.
7. Maintain a Healthy Diet
No matter what age you are, a healthy diet is the key to leading a healthy, happy, and productive life. If you fail to eat healthy as a senior, however, you’ll find yourself having more digestive issues, health problems, and bloating than those in younger age groups. Knowing how to eat for your particular health needs is especially important. Asking a doctor what health foods, and dietary restrictions, you should be following can ensure you maintain a healthy, senior-centric diet that will keep your golden years energy-filled and delicious.
Your Golden Years Await You
With these seven tips and habits, you’ll have a great time enjoying your golden years. Just because you’re of an advanced age does not mean that you cannot stay on top of your mental and physical health. Understanding how to handle your health and lifestyle needs as a senior is the best investment you can make in yourself. Thankfully, you are certain to have many loved ones and elderly friends who can join you on this journey to staying as healthy as humanly possible in your invaluable golden years.