5 Keys to Healthy Aging

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As we age, our capabilities and strength tend to decrease. While a reduction in abilities is a natural part of the aging process, there are ways to mitigate the extent of these changes that come with age. Healthy aging and wellbeing are possible with these simple tips.

1. Maintain a Healthy & Balanced Diet

As with everything in life, seniors need moderation and variety in their diets. A healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains is a crucial component of healthy aging and wellness. Proper nutrition helps older adults live healthier, longer lives. 

If your loved one needs help with maintaining a healthy diet, a home caregiver can be a wonderful resource. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of in-home care. University Park families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet their elderly loved ones’ unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can prevent cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

2. Exercise Regularly

Exercise is an important part of healthy aging. Older adults who live sedentary lifestyles are more prone to poor health. A proper exercise plan, coupled with motivation, is a must for any older adult. In addition, exercise and movement can fight age-related illnesses. The benefits of exercise cannot be overlooked. Encourage your senior loved one to start an exercise regimen today. 

Older adults who need help exercising can benefit from professional in-home care. At-home care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.

3. Protect the Lungs

Smoking is a leading cause of cancer in older adults. Avoiding this bad habit prolongs life and reduces the risk of lung cancer and other health issues.

4. Be a Social Butterfly

Being socially active is a necessity when it comes to healthy aging. People who have social ties are more likely to be healthier later in life.

5. Get Plenty of Sleep

Adequate sleep translates to increases in memory and cognition. If your loved one isn’t getting the necessary amount of sleep at night, he or she will have a difficult time concentrating during the day, and eventually, his or her memory capabilities will decrease. 

Hiring a professional caregiver is one of the best ways to ensure your loved one makes healthy lifestyle choices that promote longevity. Living independently is important for seniors who want to maintain a high quality of life. For some, this simply means receiving help with tasks that have become more challenging to manage over time. Even when families have the best intentions, they may not have the time to provide the care their elderly loved ones need and deserve. If your loved one needs help for a few hours a day or a few days a week, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of respite care University Park seniors can depend on. Reach out to one of our Care Managers today at (214) 363-3400 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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