As we age, our bodies change, as do our health needs. Your health and well-being are important to us here at AmeraCare Home Health & Family Hospice, and it’s important for all of us to check in with our health on a regular basis. There is no better time to make small changes to benefit our health than the beginning of a new year! While we can all benefit from physical activity and a healthy eating plan, it’s especially important for seniors to be careful, and make small but consistent changes.
Seven Changes Seniors Can Make To Boost Their Health In 2020
- Socialize – Keeping your social calendar busy is an excellent way to ensure positive emotional wellbeing. Spending time at church functions, dinner parties, and regular activities with friends like a book group, are all ways to add to a social calendar.
- Start A Garden – Gardening is a great way to spend time outside and is an excellent physical and mental activity to add variety to the day. Gardening is also a great way to reduce stress.
- Improve Your Diet – Eating a healthy diet can help promote general health and manage illness. It can be a challenge to break old habits when it comes to eating but even small changes can make a big impact on overall health. If you’re growing beautiful veggies in your new garden, you can start by adding lots of them into your meal plan. Working with a dietician can be a great way to start if you want to make a real impact.
- Prevent Falls – Injury from falling should be in high consideration for seniors. At AmeraCare Home Health, we offer an in-home fall prevention program, Safe Steps. Safe Steps is a multi-faceted approach to fall prevention using education, coordination of care, and screening, assessment, and intervention.
- Ensure a Good Night Sleep – Insomnia is common for older adults. Creating a bedtime routine that promotes a good night’s rest can be beneficial for falling asleep and staying asleep. Make changes to your routine like opting for reading before bed instead of watching TV, or listening to classical music can aid in calming the mind before bed.
- Keep Learning – Engaging your brain on a daily basis can help prevent cognitive decline. It’s never too late to learn something new, so consider volunteering or enrolling in a continued education class to keep your mind active.
- Manage Ability Changes – Occupational Therapy is extremely useful for older adults in managing their changing abilities. Occupational Therapy is offered in-home through AmeraCare Home Health and is helpful for changing skills to keep up a healthy, active lifestyle.
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