Posted on Jan 20, 2016
Habits can be hard to break, but there are some habits that are hard to keep.
Unfortunately, the habits that are hard to keep tend to be the healthier habits that can improve your aging loved one’s wellness and spirit. Some of these healthy behaviors include:
Sleep – Rest allows your body to rejuvenate and reenergize. Sleep is not only important for physical health, but also mental health and cognitive functions.
Nutritious foods – As we age we tend to like sugary snacks more than healthier snacks, but it’s important to incorporate vegetables, fruits, and fiber into each meal.
Social activity – You may notice that your aging loved one prefers to stay home rather than visit with old or new friends. Surrounding yourself with supportive friends is extremely beneficial to your emotional health. In fact, research shows that seniors who connect with their communities show fewer health problems.
Doctors’ visits – As we age our health needs change. It’s important to visit the doctor regularly to be proactive about your health and potentially avoid long-term illnesses down the road.
Exercise – Regular exercise is important for people of all ages. As the saying goes, a body in motion tends to stay in motion. Be sure to consult your loved one’s physician before exercising to find the right low-impact workout routine for your senior.
Turning these activities into daily habits can help improve your life and your aging loved one’s life. Make the change today and celebrate health!