Healthy Living Tips for Seniors in Their Sixties
How to Stay Fit and Healthy in Your Sixties and Beyond
Aging is inevitable, which means being happy, healthy and living well all come from choices you make. As you grow old, you may experience major life changes such as retirement, career transition, children leaving home, physical change, and loss of loved ones. You could always use these changes as an opportunity to focus inwards, working towards staying healthy and being happy.
1. Take Your Vitamins
Not understanding your medical conditions can create serious complications for your health. Take time to research and understand your health conditions and use preventative care and screenings. It may seem like a lot of blood tests, X-rays, and EKGs, but these tests can help detect serious illnesses in early stages. Visit your healthcare professional regularly and make sure you take your medications, as prescribed, to ensure a long and healthy life. If you’re unable to travel to your doctor’s office, or if you prefer a medical nurse for individualized care in the privacy of your own home, contact us. Our trained and licensed in-home healthcare assistants can monitor your vital signs, maintain your health records, and perform personal hygiene and toiletry duties such as bathing, changing clothes, emptying catheters, and assistance going to the bathroom. We maintain a clean, safe, and healthy environment for you.
2. Drink More Water
Staying hydrated is essential if you want to keep your body functioning properly. As part of the aging process, you can lose the ability to thirst and end up not drinking enough water. This can lead to dehydration, which is caused by the loss of water and salt content in your body due to extreme heat and sweating. Symptoms of severe dehydration include dry or sunken eyes, low blood pressure, severe muscle cramps, wrinkled skin, delirium, deep rapid breathing, and irritability.
Our caregivers from Med1Care offering in-home services recommend including fruits, such as strawberries and watermelon, and vegetables, like cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, and lettuce, to your diet. The high water content in these fruits and veggies can help you stay hydrated. Minimize sodium, caffeine, and alcohol intake to stay hydrated. By increasing water intake you can boost your cognitive health and stave off memory loss. Get enough fluids so you can absorb nutrients, digest your food, and get rid of the unused waste.
3. Adopt a Physical Activity
With regular exercise, you can avoid experiencing a range of health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, stroke, mood disorders, and reductions in bone strength. No matter your physical condition, get your body moving—it is never too late to get started. Physical activities can improve your mood, mind, and memory. They can also help you maintain or lose weight, enhance mobility, boost self-confidence, and do amazing things for your brain. If you’ve never exercised before or don’t know where to begin, contact us. Besides medical care, our in-home physical therapy assistants will analyze your health conditions and inform you when rehabilitation is needed. We help you perform a range of motions and endurance exercises for increased circulation and blood flow, flexibility, and pain relief. On the whole, we can help you live a high-quality life and age healthily.