What are lifestyle changes seniors can make to lead a healthy life as they age?

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balanced diet and participation in regular exercise are paramount in
maintaining a healthy life for people of all ages. Routine exercise and
healthy diet in seniors can have an even more noticeable impact in their
general well-being. 

Many
diseases in seniors may be prevented or at least slowed down as a
result of a healthy lifestyle. Osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease,
high blood pressures, diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression,
and certain cancers are some of the common conditions that can be
positively modified in seniors through diet, exercise, and other simple
lifestyle changes.

In addition to diet and exercise, other important life style modifications to lead a healthier life in seniors include:

  • Limiting alcohol intake to one drink daily
  • Smoking cessation
  • Using skin moisturizers and sun protection
  • Brushing and flossing teeth once or twice a day
  • Staying proactive in own healthcare and participating in decision making
  • Going to the primary care doctor routinely
  • Reviewing list of medications with their doctor(s) often
  • Following recommended instructions for health screening, preventive tests, and vaccinations
  • Visiting a dentist annually or biannually
  • Following up with eye doctor and foot doctor, especially for people with diabetes
  • Being
    aware of potential medication side effects and drug interactions
    including over-the-counter drugs, herbals, and alternative medicine
  • Adhering to routine sleep schedule and using good sleep hygiene
  • Engaging in routine and scheduled social activities
  • Taking vacations

Source: www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=22405

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