There are many times we vow to make a healthy lifestyle change but quickly lose motivation. We sometimes think we are too old to learn new habits. Yet, it is never too late! Now you can take charge and not let your age stop you.
Be more active.
Exercise lowers your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers by increasing blood flow to the brain. Being more active is a powerful tool against these conditions. Activity allows you stay healthier longer. Exercise is also proven to help prevent dementia and other debilitating cognitive changes. It only takes about 30 minutes of physical activity 3-5 days per week. That can mean a brisk walk, playing with your grandchildren, swimming and other low impact exercise.
A diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and fish help cells function better. Limiting red meats, sugar and processed foods can help with those unwanted pounds, and keep a heart-healthy you!
The older we get, the harder it is to fall and stay asleep. Interestingly, older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults. Although insomnia is more common for older adults because of anxiety, medications and other health-related issues, we tend to be robbed of sleep in our adult lives. If you have trouble sleeping, it is important to address the root cause of your sleepless nights in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Learn as you go.
Like our bodies, our brain needs exercise to stay healthy too. Studies suggest that learning a new skill, such as a language or how to use an electronic device can stimulate and “exercise” your brain. This helps to prevent dementia. Engaging in mentally stimulating activity can help reduce or delay cognitive changes associated with aging.
Making new friends or spending time with old friends and family may have positive effects on the brain. Consistent socialization reduces the likelihood of depression and anxiety. Join a local community center that has tons of activities for every age group. You can even tackle two of the suggestions mentioned above by joining a group exercise class where you can socialize and exercise!
Omnibus Home Health Care wants our clients to be their healthiest and happiest while in their own home. We accept many insurance plans including: traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid HMO and private insurances plans. We will check benefit coverage on all insurance. This is not a guarantee of acceptance of coverage for our services. Acceptance is based on eligibility, medical necessity and the requirements of our company guidelines. For more information on insurance coverage call 409.724.7000 and visit our Facebook page for the latest information from our staff.