Sep 11, 2017 by Mark Holte
Since September is Healthy Aging Month in Pittsburgh, PA, providers of home health services recommend that senior citizens should focus on practicing healthy lifestyle habits. With a few tweaks to their lifestyle and a serious commitment to living a healthier life, older adults can enjoy greater happiness while reducing their risk of developing serious health conditions. Some of the lifestyle habits that can allow seniors to do so include:
Senior citizens should make every effort to stick to a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. In addition, they should control their portions and refrain from overindulging at restaurants. Seniors who find it difficult to shop or to cook healthy meals can get extra help from home health services to make shopping and cooking healthy meals easier and more fun.
Whether they go for a walk around the neighborhood, participate in a group fitness class at a local gym or community center, or run on a treadmill, they can burn calories, maintain a healthy weight, improve their strength and flexibility, and strengthen their immune system. Most doctors recommend that seniors get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Seniors who struggle to be more active can stay motivated and find new ways to exercise with help from home health services.
A good night’s sleep is essential for older adults. By getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night, seniors can reap the benefits of greater energy, improved memory, and a decreased risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea.
For a better and longer sleep, older adults should stick to a regular sleep schedule, avoid stimulants like caffeine and chocolate, refrain from eating large meals before bed, ensure they have a comfortable mattress, and turn off distractions like the television and radio.
Reduced stress levels and healthy aging go hand in hand. Seniors who keep their stress levels to a minimum enjoy higher quality lives than those who are constantly worried about their health, finances, family issues, and other stressors. Attending social outings and community events, practicing yoga and meditation, relaxing in a warm bath, and participating in hobbies are all excellent ways for seniors to lower their stress.
Studies have proven that senior citizens who are constantly surrounded by friends and family live happier and more fulfilling lives than those who isolate themselves. For this reason, it’s imperative that older adults make plans with their loved ones and do their best to attend social functions such as birthday parties and weddings.
Opting for in home care is one of the most overlooked healthy aging tips. Seniors who receive in home health services will have the support they need to live safe and independent lives at home. With in home care, they’ll receive help with personal care and companionship care tasks such as bathing, grooming, grocery shopping, and meal preparation.
To learn more about senior care services available to your loved one in Pittsburgh, PA, contact us or call (412) 228-0075 and schedule a free home visit.