Aging increases the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Health is important, especially as we age. For older adults who live alone, this is even more true. Maybe you want to live a more healthy lifestyle, but you’re not sure where begin. Luckily, you’re already in the right place! Here are 5 healthy tips for living alone after 60.
Older adults need roughly 7-9 hours of sleep per night to feel their best. Of course, every individual has different sleep needs. Still, if you find yourself overly dependent on your coffee pot, you might need more rest. Not getting enough sleep can actually increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and depression. So, if you want to stay healthy, make sure you get enough rest!
Whether you hate exercising or look forward to your daily sweat session at the gym, exercise is important! Not only can it reduce blood pressure, but it also reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones! And don’t forget about the emotional benefits. Studies show that regular physical activity can actually improve one’s mood and overall well-being. Talk about a two birds with one stone scenario!
Most of us would rather have a slice of cake than an apple. While occasionally enjoying a forkful of chocolatey, melt-in-your-mouth goodness is perfectly okay, it’s important to eat fruits and veggies, too! It’s especially important for older adults to get enough nutrients. Try to incorporate more whole grains, like oatmeal and brown rice, into your diet. Seafood and eggs are a healthy source of proteins, too!
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Exercising and eating right are only one half of the health equation. If you’re lonely or depressed, it doesn’t matter how many miles you walk or how many apples you consume. You simply won’t be at your healthiest! Make it a point to socialize with your friends and family regularly.
You may feel as though you’re in perfect health, but there’s nothing wrong with preventative care. Scheduling regular check-ups can help you stay on top of your health. Get in contact with your physician sooner rather than later. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being more proactive about your health!
Whether you live alone or with a partner, or, actively seeking a roomie, here are some resources to check out:
Originally published December 29, 2022
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