10 Steps to Protect Your Health As You Grow Older
Growing older is part of life. There is no stopping it, but we can certainly do all we can to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As we grow older, we experience an increasing number of changes. How we handle these changes is the key to staying healthy.
These 10 tips can help us maintain our physical & emotional health & aid us in living our lives to the fullest, no matter our age.
By doing at least two hours of moderate physical activity a week, we reduce our risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. It can also help avoid falls & other injuries & prevent depression.
Choose lots of veggies & fruits, whole wheat grains, low fat or fat- free milk & other low-fat dairy products, pick healthy sources of protein, stay away from trans-fat, saturated fat & added sugars, & limit your salt intake.
By getting screened for diseases, talk to your doctor about medicine safety, check out info about depression in older adults, & schedule a Medicare wellness visit every year.
If you have a history of heavy smoking &/or you have tried to quit, ask your doctor about screening for lung cancer.
To lower your chances, improve your balance & leg strength, review your medicines, check your vision, & use a home fall prevention & emergency checklist.
Put long-life smoke detectors on every floor of your home, test your smoke alarm once a month & replace batteries if it does not work when tested or is more than 10 years old.
To keep yourself safe, get your vision & hearing checked, always wear your seat belt, best to drive during the daytime & in clear weather, plan your route ahead of time & drive on streets you know.
Mind challenges can help prevent memory loss & keep your brain active. It is essential to continuously learn new things to keep your mind from slipping & to connect with other people.
It is important to get support in taking care of another person to ensure you make time for yourself.
To prevent the risks of chronic illnesses & insomnia from extra exposure of artificial light, it’s recommended that older adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.