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Healthy Habits Every Senior Should Have

A lot of changes come with getting older. To age healthily, there are habits every senior should have. Here are some ways you can maintain a healthy life over 60 and beyond.

Our health needs change as we get older. Older woman smiling, clinical research for seniors.

Diet

Our digestive system slows down as we age. Understandably, high-fiber foods become vital. Examples are whole-grain breads, cereals, beans, unsalted nuts, and seeds. Also, deeply colored vegetables (like green beans), and fruits. Fluids help keep us healthy and regular, and seniors are prone to dehydration. Drinking plenty of water keeps your energy levels up and your brain sharp. Avoid fried foods by choosing broiled, grilled, or boiled options instead.

Keep your bones strong as you age by drinking beverages that are vitamin D-fortified. Choices include low-fat or fat-free milk. Also nondairy soy, and almond rice milk.

Physical Activity

Exercise is proven to improve memory, energy and alleviate depression. Ask your doctor about increasing your physical activity or about how you can safely stay active. Start with activities you enjoy and can do on your own or with family and loved ones. Regular physical activity helps you remain active longer at a healthier weight.

Prevention

Keep preventative care visit appointments to detect health issues like high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. Regular doctor visits allow you to get information on medication management. This allows them to be aware of any drug interactions and new symptoms. Don’t forget preventative eye and dental appointments. Vision changes can increase fall chances. Dental conditions are linked to medical issues like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Stimulate your Mind and Sleep Well

Crossword puzzles, reading, writing, and learning a new hobby stimulates the mind. It also keeps you involved with the world around you. Trouble sleeping is common in seniors. Therefore, making sure your bedroom promotes good sleep hygiene is crucial. Comfortable bedsheets, cool temperatures, and other tips for good sleep hygiene can be found here.

Volunteer in Clinical Research

Giving back is a great way to stay active and improve confidence, anxiety, and depression. As a clinical research volunteer, you receive expert care to prioritize your health and advance medicine for future generations.

Together we create the future, older male with infant girl, clinical research for seniors

To learn more about upcoming healthy senior volunteer opportunities here at Woodland Research Northwest, call (479) 927-3000 or visit our website.

References:

https://www.aplaceformom.com/caregiver-resources/articles/healthy-habits-for-seniors

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/healthy-eating-physical-activity-for-life/health-tips-for-older-adults

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