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Healthy habits for seniors

As we age, many of us use the excuse “I’m not as young as I used to be.” However, with regular exercise and adopting a lifestyle of healthy habits, we can enjoy fewer physical limitations as we age.

Here are 10 tips to help you stay healthy and feel younger.

Prevention
Healthcare screenings that measure cholesterol, heart health and colon health are great ways to monitor your health and prevent major health problems from occurring. Vaccines for pneumonia and influenza are other excellent preventative measures you can employ to stay healthy.

Free Physicals
Seniors newly enrolled in Medicare are offered a free physical each month for the first year and annually thereafter. Take advantage of these free services for optimum health benefits.

Manage your medication
Be sure to check with your doctor about current and newly prescribed medications. If you experience any side effects, check with your doctor.

Routine Dental Visits
Don’t neglect regular 6 month checkups for good dental health. Most people are surprised to learn cavities increase with age. Mouth infections are often an early warning sign of other, more serious health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Your dentist may be able to identify these early and encourage follow up with your primary care physician.

Eat healthy
Our digestive system changes as we age. It’s important to eat foods high in fiber for good digestive health. Additionally, dehydration is more common as we age. With your physician’s approval, remember to drink plenty of water daily.

Stay Active
Regular exercise can increase energy levels and improve memory. Something as simple as going for a walk can have a significant impact on your overall health.

Sleep well
Our chances of developing insomnia or frequently waking up during the night increase with age. To help ensure a good night’s rest, dim the lights during the early evening hours and create a quiet and comfortable setting for sleep.

Be social
Spending time with others is a great way to improve our physical and mental health. Social interactions can help us feel more upbeat and enjoy life to its fullest.

If you or someone you know requires help staying active or would like to improve your health after surgery or after suffering from a major health event, contact Kingston today to see how we can help.