Short of travelling to St. Augustine to drink from the fountain of youth, three of the most important things you can do to maintain good health are taking care of your body’s physical, social and nutritional needs.
How do physical needs change with age?
Adults, regardless of age, should exercise for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes each week. Regular physical activity helps maintain your independence and reduces your risk of falling. When you combine exercise with a healthy diet, it may also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes.
Examples of moderate aerobic physical activities include walking, hiking, cycling or swimming.
How do social needs change with age?
Humans are social beings and tend to thrive when surrounded by people that make them happy. Unfortunately, poor health and mobility can make it difficult and less appealing to attend social events. Fill your social calendar to boost your mental health and immune system, reduce physical pain and lower blood pressure.
How do nutritional needs change with age?
Maintaining a nutrient-rich diet is essential for older adults because of the impact food has on your overall health. In fact, the foods we eat affect our physical condition, cognitive condition, bone health, eye health, vascular function and immune system. Start living a healthy lifestyle with these easy changes:
- Drink more water
Older adults have a diminished sense of thirst, so it’s important to drink plenty of water and eat foods with high water content to avoid dehydration.
- Take supplements
Talk to your doctor to find out how supplements can help aid digestion, protect brain health and prevent bone loss.
- Eat nutrient-rich foods
Dark green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish and lean meats should account for most, if not all, of the food you consume to ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need to be healthy.
- Eat more fiber
Fiber helps promote proper digestion by moving food through the digestive tract more efficiently and protects you from many age-related illnesses.
- Add in omega-3 fatty acids
Keep your brain healthy with foods rich in omega-3s like salmon, trout, flaxseed and walnuts.
At Flagler Health and Rehabilitation Center, our senior rehabilitation services are designed for your total well-being. We will customize all necessary medical, nutritional and pulmonary treatments to help you stay healthy, energized and full of the nutrients you need to live a long, happy and healthy life.