In the home care world, health often equates to independence. A healthy senior is able to function independently, so in the spirit of the 4th of July, THA Group celebrates the holiday by promoting independence through healthy living.
The National Institute of Aging and the Journal of the American Medical Association engaged in recent studies that have shown the main difference between a relatively healthy 90-year-old and a person who is bed-ridden at 70 (not taking into consideration health and mental issues) is lifestyle. Elderly people who are active in both mental and physical activities live longer, and with a quality of life that may surprise many. Those who age well (which means eating right and exercising body, mind and spirit daily) tend to have fewer illnesses and infirmities than those who lead sedentary lives. The secret of aging well boils down to these simple activities: stay active and involved, eat well and exercise or play often.
Here are 5 tips for staying healthy as you age:
- Don’t smoke. If you do, quit.
- Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber. Click here to learn more about the daily recommended amount of dietary fiber for your age.
- Stay hydrated. You become more prone to dehydration as you age. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise doesn’t have to mean strenuous activity or time at the gym. In fact, walking is one of the best ways to stay fit. Best of all, it doesn’t require any equipment or experience and you can do it anywhere.
- Find activities that stimulate your mind, like challenging puzzles or games, reading, writing or learning new things. Staying engaged with the people around you and your community also plays a big part in staying mentally fit.