We spend most of our lives making an effort to take care of ourselves so that we’ll live longer, healthier lives. So by the time we’re 80, if we want to have a bowl of ice cream for supper, why not go for it? At Piedmont Home Health, we understand the need for some rewards in life. But we also understand the importance of maintaining healthy habits throughout your entire life. Keeping up with things like regular doctor visits, good nutrition, and daily exercise can help you feel better, mentally and physically, so that you enjoy your time with your friends and family.
Here are a few things to keep on your schedule and in your daily routine. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Vaccines. These shots aren’t just for babies. The CDC recommends everyone get the flu vaccine every year. In addition, if you’re over 60, you should also get the shingles and pneumonia vaccine. Check out the CDC’s recommended schedule for more details.
Regular Screenings and Doctor Visits. Preventative medicine is there for a reason. If you catch something early, it’s much easier to treat. Make sure to keep your regular doctor visits, where they can keep an eye on your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. And don’t forget those trips to the dentist! Poor oral care can lead to life-threatening illness including heart disease and stroke.
Well-balanced diets. Sure, ice cream for supper once in a while is okay. But it’s just as important in your senior years as it was earlier to have a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You might not need as many calories as you did when you were younger, but make sure the calories you are eating are full of good nutrients that will help you fight off illnesses, manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, and keep you feeling energetic for your daily activities.
Stay active. Regular exercise can help prevent or delay many diseases, and is often used as treatment for things such as arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes. Exercise can also help improve balance and help people who have difficulty walking. An added benefit is that if you sign up for a class, like water aerobics or Tai Chi, you also get a chance to socialize with other people, another boost for your mental health. Check with the Senior Resources of Guilford or Senior Services of Forsyth County for classes available in your area. Or just get outside and take a walk!
There’s no better time to take advantage of our area’s walking trails than in the spring. Here are a few of our favorites: