Jul 5, 2017 by Matt Clinnard
Each one of us is going to get older. The choice we have is whether or not to age in a healthy way or not. Some people focus on incredible anomalies like George Burns who lived to be 100 years old and never lived a healthy day in his life. Consider two of his most memorable quotes: "You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old" and "Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle."
While there are certainly those who successfully push the limits like Burns, there are tens of millions more who suffer the consequences of a life filled with excess and poor life choices. Consider these healthy aging tips to keep your senior loved one enjoying life and reducing the risks of many age-related maladies.
Stay active. While there is certainly a temptation to sit back and enjoy the fruits of a lifetime of labor, maintaining a regimen of regular physical activity can dramatically increase a senior's chances of avoiding many common ailments, such as heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Further, regular physical activity can help seniors maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce pain associated with arthritis, increase self-esteem, and reduce the risk of falling. Many seniors want to maintain an active lifestyle but require help to do so. This is where Comfort Keepers comes in.
Eat nutritious foods. Most seniors understand the concept of eating healthy foods and desire to eat well, but this is easier said than done. First, most packaged and restaurant foods are loaded with salt, sugar, and preservatives. These foods are almost always high in calories and low in nutritional value. The alternative, however, is preparing fresh foods oneself, and this can be a challenge for those experiencing chronic pain, mobility impairment, or cognitive deficits. Comfort Keepers caregivers can help your senior loved one plan, prepare, and even clean up after nutritious meals. They can also teach your loved one how to use healthy spices to provide alternatives to salts and sugars so foods are flavorful but still highly nutritious.
Remain social. Seniors who have healthy social lives are less likely to suffer from any number of age-related maladies. Sadly, when seniors lose spouses, significant others, friends, and other family members, social circles dwindle as does the desire to remain social. Often seniors require help to fight through health issues, emotional struggles, a lack of transportation, and other issues that hinder a healthy social life.
In short, there are many ways seniors can improve their chances of healthy aging. While some are always going to roll the dice and tempt fate with a brash lifestyle, others can simply contact Comfort Keepers.