Even though many seniors recognize the value of living a healthy lifestyle, they make choices that can negatively affect their health over time. Some believe they deserve to indulge in unhealthy habits now that they’re older. Others may believe the misconception that it’s too late to make any significant changes to their health. Yet, as we grow older, it’s important that we maintain healthy habits in order to maintain our independence. It’s never too late to make a difference in one’s health. If you are a senior, here are four common wellness areas not to neglect.
Our skin is a vital organ that performs many essential functions, such as protecting us from environmental hazards and revealing internal health conditions. Despite this, many seniors neglect to care for their skin properly. Seniors can start taking care of their skin by scheduling a skin screening with a dermatologist. A dermatologist can check for signs of skin cancer and recommend treatments if needed. Next, add vitamins and minerals to your diet that can help support skin health. Lastly, establish a skincare routine that includes applying sunscreen to prevent damage from the sun.
As we age, our teeth become more susceptible to cavities and gum disease. Seniors need to continue to care for their teeth and gums in order to maintain a healthy smile. Start by brushing your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. Reduce the amount of sugar you consume to help prevent cavities. Drink plenty of water to prevent dry mouth and schedule regular dental appointments to prevent further tooth decay.
Supporting your muscular system is essential as you age, as it enables you to continue walking, lifting objects, and participating in activities you enjoy. To maintain healthy muscles, incorporate strength training exercises a few days a week. Always talk with your primary care physician before beginning any new exercise routine.
The last wellness area many seniors neglect is their social wellness. Social connections are essential to overall health and well-being. Many seniors are at risk for loneliness, depression, and isolation. Staying connected with others reduces a senior’s risk and has been shown to improve other wellness areas of their lives. If your social support is lacking, find ways to rebuild it. Join a senior group or participate in group activities at a senior center or local library. Invite friends over for lunch and stay connected with your family.
As you consider ways to improve your health and wellness, perhaps it’s time to make a move to a senior living community that can help support you as you age. Senior Living Solutions is here to help you find the right fit for your needs and preferences. We are a free senior living consulting agency that’s based in Arkansas and operates locally. We are very familiar with the offerings of our local senior living communities and can provide you with unbiased guidance and resources as you explore your options. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress. If you are interested in exploring senior living options available to you, please contact us today by calling 501-650-3013.