Senior Wellness

Senior Wellness: 5 Self-Care Tips For Healthy Living

by Faith Davis

INSIDE: Senior wellness is much easier when you follow some simple self-care strategies because it's often the little things we do throughout the day that matter most. Try these tips for the seniors in your life today!

 

Self-care is necessary for healthy living, and in the present time especially, people have been talking about self-care and choosing healthy lifestyle choices more than ever.

Every individual should focus on self-care for their physical and mental being no matter how old they're. However, it becomes even more essential as we age. The older we get, the weaker our body becomes and we become more prone to diseases. Then, even a simple flu can create complications.

If you have a chronic illness or any condition like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, aging can make these conditions more prominent and problematic unless you follow a healthy lifestyle.

Your mental health also needs to be taken care of as you grow in age. Self-care doesn't have to mean taking a vacation or going for expensive massages. It just means adding simple yet effective changes into your life that can bring transformation physically and mentally. 

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Self-Care Tips for Senior Wellbeing

Whether you're an "adult child" looking after your aging parents or a caregiver working in an assisted living facility, it's important to motivate seniors to follow self-care routines for healthy living. 

Let's look at some easy-to-follow senior wellness self-care tips that can aid in healthy living...

Maintain Checkups & Medicine Management 

While we are all for alternative health modalities and natural health solutions, getting regular check-ups is still essential as we age. Health check-ups are a preventive way to hold off many diseases.

Regardless of age, experts recommend getting various tests, like blood pressure, blood lipids, etc, done every six months to maintain good health.

For seniors who are already on prescriptions, it's important to take the medications on time to prevent the illness or medical condition from progressing further. Also, refrain from using painkillers more than recommended.

Sometimes older people suffer from conditions that interfere with their regular day-to-day life. One such condition is urinary and fecal incontinence. Seniors who are struggling with incontinence can feel demotivated and may isolate themselves due to this condition. Most people avoid discussing this issue because they feel embarrassed.

Incontinence is either caused by using certain medicines or underlying medical conditions. Therefore, speaking to a doctor can help those who are struggling with this issue.

Another solution is to wear adult pull ons to prevent clothes from getting soiled. Adult pull ons can be easily worn while exercising or doing any physical activity without worrying about any leakage or wetness.

Healthy Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet in the elderly is extremely necessary. People above the age of 60 need proper nutrition and protein in their diet.

We all know that the immune system in our body helps us to fight diseases and viruses. And as we grow older, our immune system weakens. Having a good diet can help in building a healthy immune system.

Adding vegetables, legumes/beans, fruits, grains, fish, and whole grains to your diet is necessary for a solid immune system. Seniors can get tired and exhausted quickly, so meals infused with nutrition and protein are required for them to feel energetic.

Folks with diabetes or cholesterol issues should especially avoid eating unhealthy food.

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Stay Active 

Another way of building a healthy immune system is to exercise. Physical activity can help you to build strong immunity against most diseases. Apart from keeping you fit physically, exercising can also help in stimulating your mental health as well.

People who are physically active in their old age tend to be healthy and live longer. Any form of exercise will work as long as you stay consistent. People who have arthritis should go on walks as it can prevent it from progressing. Yoga is also very effective in increasing your muscle strength and building your immunity.

Get Adequate Rest & Sleep

Aging seniors often find it difficult to fall and stay asleep, yet it's very important to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep as we age. Sleeping helps reduce the stress levels in the body, and the body tends to repair itself and regain its energy at night. Also, getting adequate sleep is crucial for healthy immunity.

Staying active during the day can help seniors to get proper sleep at night. Additionally, reading a book or listening to calm music can also help them to fall asleep. If your aging parents struggle with sleep, meeting with a doctor is essential.

Socialize

Sometimes aging parents need our time and attention more than anything. Staying connected and helping them to socialize can improve their mental health as well as physical health. Isolation can impact mental health in the elderly, which can affect their physical health too.

Also, we all have seen how the pandemic has affected our mental health, and it taught us just how important it is to stay connected with friends and family.

You can encourage your aging parents to reconnect with their friends on social media. Joining support groups is also a great way to socialize.

Final Thoughts

It is our responsibility to ensure that our elders live healthily and happily. Extending support and love to them can improve their quality and length of life. Try these tips and comment below with any tips that are working for the seniors in your life! 

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