the year of healthy aging

Do you remember telling your children to “eat their fruits and veggies” so they could grow up to be big and strong? Well, the same goes for you and your aging loved one!

Now that all of the holidays and family get-togethers are out of the way you can focus on you and your aging loved one’s health. What better time to get healthy then the start of the new year?

Sometimes it can be difficult to make the change from microwavable meals and sweets to healthy, home cooked meals and snacks, but the health benefits it can have make it all worthwhile!

Check out these tips for becoming a healthier YOU:

Choose Healthier FoodsMake sure your diet includes low-fat dairy products, lean proteins such as chicken or fish, fruits and vegetables, and plenty of whole grains. The right diet can do more than just help you maintain a healthy weight; it can also contribute to positive emotional and cognitive health too! Check these Must-See Diagrams That Will Make Eating Healthy Super Easy!

Get Enough Sleep – Many people believe sleep is for the young. Contrary to popular belief, older adults need just as much sleep as younger adults. The average adult needs about 7-9 hours of sleep per night. As we get older, it can be more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Not enough sleep can lead to cognitive problems, lower quality of life, and also depression. Be sure to contact your doctor if you or your elderly loved one is having trouble sleeping.

Step It UpMaking sure you are getting enough exercise daily is extremely important as we begin to age. Activity trackers such as a step counter or Fitbit can make exercising fun and can even throw a little competition into it! Simple things like parking a little bit further from the grocery store so you are forced to take a few extra steps can really make a difference.

 

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