As an older adult, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself to ensure the best quality of life possible in your golden years. This includes making sure to meet all dietary needs for elderly individuals, as well as keeping yourself physically active and taking steps to prevent age-related disease or illness. So, where to start? Check out our tips for healthier eating below, as well as some advice for incorporating more exercise into your daily routine and making sure to seek annual preventative care to keep yourself in tip-top shape.
Healthy Eating Tips for Seniors
When it comes to diet for elderly individuals, you might think you are entitled to eat whatever you want after a long life of eating healthily; however, while it’s fine to indulge in moderation, it’s still important to consume a healthy diet, especially in your senior years! That’s because as you get older, your metabolism rate begins to decline, which can lead to issues with weight and weight-related conditions like osteoporosis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and more. At Carnegie Village Senior Living Community, residents enjoy a variety of choices in dining venues and delicious, nutritious meals designed to fit the mood and nutritional needs of each resident.
That’s not to say you need to follow the “best weight loss diet for seniors” or other recent fad diets out there; instead, take small steps to ensure you’re receiving the recommended nutrition for seniors and begin incorporating healthy meals throughout the day. Plan out your meals ahead of time so you aren’t tempted to consume unhealthy snacks due to a busy schedule. Incorporate a variety of foods – including plenty of fruits and vegetables – in your diet to ensure you’re taking in the vitamins and minerals needed to keep you healthy. Be sure to read nutrition labels and consume the recommended serving sizes; you might want to discuss your daily caloric needs with your doctor if you’re concerned that your portion control is not up to par! And finally, HYDRATE! As the body ages, so does the sense of being thirsty, leading to possible dehydration. Being dehydrated can have negative impacts on your health and your cognitive function long-term. If water isn’t your favorite thirst-quenching option, reach for the fat-free milk or juice (but be sure it’s 100% juice, as many juices contain a lot of sugar).
Not sure where to start with a healthy diet plan? It might help to have a little health coaching on an individual basis. At Tiffany Springs Senior Living, we offer both personal training and health coaching designed to meet your unique needs; we also offer fine dining experiences with nutritious and delicious meals served daily.
Staying Physically Active in Retirement
One of the most important things you can do for your health as a senior is to continue exercising regularly. Physical exercise can help strengthen your muscles and bones, keeping you healthy and strong enough to continue living independently as long as possible without relying on others for assistance with the activities of daily living. In addition, being physically inactive can lead to numerous health issues, especially if it’s in combination with an unhealthy diet. Not only can a lack of regular exercise increase your risk of illnesses like cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes, but it can also increase your risk of mental illnesses, such as depression or anxiety. Maintaining your physical health with a regular exercise routine can help keep these age-related physical and mental illnesses in check. At Carnegie Village, the yoga and fitness studios are equipped to meet the needs of all levels of fitness and abilities, with both instructor-led and private coaching sessions available to residents.
Maintaining a regular exercise routine doesn’t have to be intimidating, or even difficult! For instance, at senior living communities like Tiffany Springs, senior residents can join together for fun-filled fitness classes in our fitness center and yoga studio. We have equipment and classes to accommodate all levels of ability with instructor-led and private coaching sessions readily available; we even offer a therapy gym specifically designed for seniors!
Keeping Age-Related Illness in Check
Finally, on top of eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, it’s also important to keep on top of your health by visiting your primary care physician annually to check in on your progress. Preventative care is especially important for seniors because regular visits to the doctor can help catch any potential issues before they progress too far. It’s much easier to treat an illness or condition early before it becomes a widespread issue in your body. At Tiffany Springs Senior Living, our staff works with your doctor, specialists and loved ones to ensure your health is a priority.
Healthy Living at Tutera Senior Living & Health Care
Looking for a little help in your quest to become healthy as a senior? Look no further than the Tutera Senior Living & Health Care communities. The team at Tutera believes in supporting the whole person, attending to each resident’s unique physical, emotional and intellectual needs. This approach is part of the EmpowerMe Wellness program at Tutera, which allows the highly trained team members to deliver one-on-one therapy and other services to residents.
Still have questions about what Tutera Senior Living & Health Care communities can offer you? Call us at 877-988-8372 today to learn more!