Per 2014 statistics, the CDC reports men have an average life expectancy of 83 years, while women are about 85 years. At the same time, the CDC reported that at least 21.8 percent of men and women over the age of 64 are in poor or fair health. The key to a long life is being as healthy as possible. Here are four things seniors must do to improve their health.
Stop Smoking and Drinking.
It’s really important to stop smoking. Cigarettes negatively impact cardiovascular health. They increase the risk of lung cancer. With nicotine patches, gum, and prescription medications, people successfully stop smoking.
It’s also recommended that men and women stop drinking. If it’s impossible to stop completely, it is suggested that women limit themselves to one drink per day and men stick to two. It’s also recommended that people learn what a true serving size is. One serving of beer is 12 ounces, not a full pint.
Staying social is important to mental and physical health. It’s important that seniors spend time with others on a regular basis. This may mean participating in social events at a local senior center or having caregivers to provide companionship.
For seniors who don’t have friends in the area, senior centers are also good for forming new friendships. There are social events like dances and luncheons. Senior centers also offer groups for people who share interests in specific hobbies.
Improve the Diet.
A diet that’s high in fiber, low in sugar and saturated fat, and high in fruits and vegetables is ideal. In 2018, the Mediterranean, DASH, and Flexitarian diets have received praise as being the best to follow. All three focus on lean proteins, high fiber, and lots of vegetables.
As elderly men and woman deal with changes in appetite, taste buds, and the way foods smell, they can start making poor food choices. Takeout and processed, ready-to-microwave meals become a key focus. While easier, these options are usually high in fat, sodium, and sugar. If preparing healthy meals is a challenge, caregivers can take over and make sure seniors eat the right foods.
At least 30 minutes of moderate activity is recommended for optimal health. Seniors should get off the sofa or chair and go outside for a brisk walk, join a fitness class, or go for a bike ride. It’s important to get the heart pumping and the blood flowing at least five days a week.
Keep your parent on track. Caregivers can help your mom and dad remember to take medications, get enough exercise, and eat properly.
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