Staying healthy as you age can seem daunting, but keep these guidelines in mind and reap the benefits.
We all know that age is just a number, but it helps to think ahead about the coming changes in your body and mind.
Stay fit. Exercising regularly keeps muscles active and reduces your chance of an accident. If you do have an injury from a fall, recovery will be easier.
Communicate with your physician. Visit your doctor, dentist and eye doctor regularly. Stay up-to-date on vaccinations and invest in preventative care to any budding illness before it develops further.
Stick to a healthy weight. Keeping off the pounds prevents a host of conditions and diseases, from diabetes to heart disease. Eat nutrient-rich foods to promote longevity and strength.
Prevent falling. According to the Centers for Disease Control, falling increases after 65 years of age. If you have stairs, consider padding a rug at the base and fix wobbly steps or handrails immediately.
Don’t smoke. Nicotine makes you more vulnerable to illness and osteoporosis, among many other fatal diseases.
Follow medication instructions. Keep a list of medications you are currently taking and dispose of those you aren’t to prevent making mistakes. Always follow the physician’s instructions and communicate with them about side effects.
Focus on the bathroom. Bathrooms are notorious for slips, falls and accidents. Cover surfaces with grip flooring, provide grab bars and consider a gadget to prevent soap from dropping, so you don’t have to bend down to pick it up again.
Accessorize. Lots of gadgets can make your life safer, from shower chairs to electronic systems that call an ambulance if you’re hurt. Don’t forget basics like smoke detectors and non-skid rugs.
Friends have benefits. It’s easier to face the world with a friend at your side. Foster friendships to see you through hard times.
Learn how you can stay healthy and strong over time. Central Florida Regional Hospital provides screenings, classes and expert care. Call our Consult-A-Nurse® hotline at 1-800-445-3392 with questions or to schedule an appointment.