5 tips to help seniors maintain a healthy lifestyle
As we age, it's even more important to play an active role in our health. Here are some key points to maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.
1. Get tested
Be proactive about having tests done. Have a physical at least once a year. Know your numbers and know what screening tests are appropriate for you. Make sure to ask your healthcare provider about the following tests:
- Blood pressure testing
- Cholesterol and glucose monitoring
- Colon cancer screening
- Breast & cervical cancer screening
- Abdominal aneurysm screening
- HIV testing
- Obesity screening - know your body mass index
- Vaccines - influenza, pneumococcal, varicella and/or tetanus
- Osteoporosis screening
2. Eat healthy
A diet high in fiber and low in fat and carbohydrates will help prevent a multitude of health problems.
3. Stay active
Talk to your healthcare provider about developing an exercise program. Typically, 15-30 minutes of physical activity is recommended daily. Of course, this depends on your health status.
Activate your mind. Daily mental exercises will keep your mind limber. Try crossword puzzles, sudoku or word searches. Take time for pleasure reading and try to keep up with current events.
5. Be social
Spend time with family and friends. It will promote a sense of well-being. Check your local newspaper or community organizations for activities that interest you.
As always, if you are feeling sad or depressed or lack interest in doing things, talk to your healthcare provider about being screened for depression. If you need more information on healthy living, please contact your healthcare provider.
About the Author:
Dr. Kimberly Smith-Griffin is board certified in Family and Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Smith-Griffin is specialty trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of ailments in patients.