Behaviors that are consistently repeated quickly become habits, and healthy habits can have a profound effect on a senior’s well-being. From adding a few simple exercises to your daily routine to substituting junk food for nutritious alternatives, here are five things that older adults who want to improve their health can (and should) do every day.
- Start the Day with Stretches – Stretching increases your flexibility and improves the range of motion in your joints. The exercise also increases blood flow to your muscles, providing them with the oxygen they need to build strength. As with any new routine, it’s best to check with your doctor to ensure optimal safety and comfort. They may also be able to provide you with specific stretches and can even recommend a local Milwaukee caregiver if minimal assistance is needed.
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast – Sometimes it’s easy to forget that calories are units of energy, and eating breakfast is the best way to ensure that you have the vim and vigor to tackle your everyday tasks. A healthy meal in the morning helps seniors regulate digestion and balance glucose levels too.
- Keep Your Brain Stimulated – When it comes to your brain, research continues to prove that it’s a use-it-or-lose-it situation. Multiple studies have shown that staying mentally active reduces the long term risk for dementia. Scientists now believe that your brain can actually form new biological pathways when you stretch your cognitive abilities.
- Practice Stress Management – Stress contributes to a number of chronic diseases, from coronary heart disease to diabetes. Whether by meditating, talking a walk, or counting your blessings, practices that help you manage everyday stress are great for your physical, mental and emotional health.
- Connect with Friends and Family – Numerous studies have shown that people with close, personal relationships live longer and healthier lives. It’s not only having the support of others that helps improve your well-being, but the feeling that you’re needed as well. What better reason for older adults to look for opportunities to connect with people daily?
These five simple activities can go a long way in helping to positively change a senior’s routine and lifestyle. For more information about senior health and wellness, visit www.milwaukeehomecareassistance.com or contact us directly at 414-964-8000. We look forward to hearing form you!