Pensioners need to look after themselves if they wish to live a happy and healthy life. These tips are here to help with that.
- Watch Your Diet
It might sound obvious, but following a balanced diet is critical to energy, good health, and keeping illness at bay. The ideal diet should include lean meat, oily fish, whole grains, low-fat dairy in small amounts, lots of fruit and vegetables, and low in saturated fat.
It is also important to take plenty of water to avoid dehydration that makes you feel confused and tired.
Fruit juice, coffee, and tea can also help you stay properly hydrated, but you need to stay away from sugary fizzy drinks.
If you take alcohol, ensure that you stay away from it at least two days every week to give the liver enough time to recover from alcohol toxic effects and avoid exceeding the recommended daily alcohol intake quantities.
- Proper Care for Teeth
Brush teeth two times a day and floss every day. Flossing helps prevent gum disease by removing plaque and pieces of food between teeth.
If plaque is allowed to build up, you might start suffering from bleeding gums and gum disease has also been to stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease.
Go for check-ups regularly and if you have a bridge or wear dentures, ask the dentist to ensure that they fit properly.
- Stay Active
Regular exercise helps you stay healthy and strong. This helps lower your risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Staying active also helps boost your self-esteem, gives you more energy, and helps improve sleep quality.
The recommendation according to government guidelines is that older adults require at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity every week and strengthening workouts twice weekly.
If this sounds like a lot, you can start small and work up to those amounts as you grow stronger. Home health can help you stay active and make the most of your life, allowing you to get out and about and keep on the move.
- Make the Most of Your Doctor
It is advisable to go to your doctor for routine testing so that your cholesterol and blood pressure levels are checked. High blood pressure and cholesterol levels increase your risk factor for heart disease and stroke but it is possible to reverse any problems using medication.
While you are there, you should consider asking your GP about the seasonal flu jab. It is free for people aged 65 and above, or if you are suffering from a health condition which puts you at risk of more serious problems if you have the flu.
- Get a Vitamin D Boost
People suffering from Vitamin D deficiency often don’t know it. It is actually estimated that it affects 50 percent of adults. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with bone problems, cognitive impairment, and even cardiovascular disease.
Try to get outside in the sun for between 15 and 20 minutes every day for your Vitamin D boost. Vitamin D is also found in food sources such as oily fish and eggs.
Alternatively, you can talk to your doctor about Vitamin D supplementation.
- Proper Feet Care
Apply moisture to your feet to prevent dry skin and cut your toenails straight across. Ensure that you have properly fitting footwear that supports your feet.
If your feet are sore, it can be tempting to wear slippers, but a better option would be to wear a pair of trainers since they are more supportive.
If your feet feel very cold or hot, become painful, or if you experience problems such as ingrown toenails, bunions, or corns, ensure that you get in touch with your doctor.
- Get Plenty of Sleep
Many people often have trouble either getting or staying asleep as they grow older. However, lack of sleep often leaves you feeling grumpy and tired.
Avoid insomnia by reducing daytime nap time, going to bed at the same time every night, and establishing a bedtime routine.
Try taking a warm drink such as hot milk or chamomile tea before going to bed.