A balanced diet and participation in regular exercise are paramount in maintaining a healthy life for people of all ages. Routine exercise and healthy diet in seniors can have an even more noticeable impact in their general well-being.
Many diseases in seniors may be prevented or at least slowed down as a result of a healthy lifestyle. Osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressures, diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression, and certain cancers are some of the common conditions that can be positively modified in seniors through diet, exercise, and other simple lifestyle changes.
In addition to diet and exercise, other important life style modifications to lead a healthier life in seniors include:
- Limiting alcohol intake to one drink daily
- Using skin moisturizers and sun protection
- Brushing and flossing teeth once or twice a day
- Staying proactive in own healthcare and participating in decision making
- Going to the primary care doctor routinely
- Reviewing list of medications with their doctor(s) often
- Following recommended instructions for health screening, preventive tests, and vaccinations
- Visiting a dentist annually or biannually
- Being aware of potential medication side effects anddrug interactions
- including over-the-counter drugs, herbals, and alternative medicine
- Adhering to routine sleep schedule and using good sleep hygiene
- Engaging in routine and scheduled social activities
- Taking vacations