Many people believe that getting older means becoming weaker and more susceptible to chronic medical conditions. However, for those who age healthfully, getting older can feel great and it doesn’t have to mean that their quality of life has to suffer. September is observed as Healthy Aging Month every year to remind seniors that life can be great at any age. In addition, Healthy Aging Month is a great time for caregivers to help their senior loved one to think of ways they can be more healthy as they age. If you are a caregiver for a senior loved one, consider helping your loved one achieve one of these healthy aging goals during the month of September and beyond.
Healthy Eating for Seniors
Having a healthy and well-balanced diet is one of the keys to aging healthfully. Eating a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods, lean proteins, and whole grains can help your loved one to prevent or manage chronic medical conditions and it can give them more energy to do the activities they love. Help your loved one to eat a healthier diet this month by focusing on fresh, whole foods and cutting out processed foods and/or fast food. Be sure to always have fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat for snacks. When your loved one eats meals that are well-balanced and filled with nutrients, they will feel better and stay healthier.
Elderly Exercise Routine
Exercise is also a key factor when it comes to preventing/managing chronic medical conditions. Exercise can help seniors to maintain a healthy weight, boost energy, fight off depression, and even prevent falls since it strengthens muscles and bones. Before beginning an exercise routine, it is a good idea for your loved one to talk to their doctor to make sure that it is okay. As a caregiver, you can help your loved one to meet exercise goals and to be consistent with their exercise routine.
Having plenty of social interaction is another way your loved one can age healthfully. Participating in social situations regularly can help your loved one combat loneliness, isolation, depression, and boredom. Encourage your loved one to get involved in a club or a group such as a book club, knitting group, or walking group. If they enjoy learning new things, taking a class is also a great way to meet people and stay social.