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Tips for Healthy Aging for Senior Citizens

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As seniors mature, they should keep open communication with healthcare providers, because things that were once minor can now indicate hidden health issues. Seniors can work to maintain their health through such strategies as eating well and exercising. Whatever a senior does to improve their health, experts recommend that they slowly incorporate larger changes into their daily routine rather than rush to revise lifelong habits.

The Leg Bone’s Connected to the Hip Bone

As people grow older, their bones decrease in density. [1] This is particularly true for women. Duly, it is important that seniors consult with their orthopedists regularly since bone brittleness creates a higher break risk for mature citizens. To reduce falls, health practitioners advise older citizens to remove common tripping hazards such as small area rugs and frayed carpeting. [2] Seniors can also reduce fall hazards by removing electrical cords from walkways and discarding clutter such as magazine and newspaper piles. Wearing comfortable shoes or sneakers can also decrease fall risks, providing the support and firm footing not offered by bare feet.

An individual’s fall risk increases once they reach their senior years. [3] As a senior grows older that risk gradually increases. Annually, over one and a half million seniors visit emergency rooms due to accidental falls. For seniors, these falls can cause permanent disabilities. It is important for seniors to advise their caregivers or doctors when falls occur even if the fall seems minor. A falling incident can indicate other medical issues. While it is important for seniors to avoid falls, it is equally important for them to remain physically active.

Food Is the Fuel That Keeps Seniors on the Go

As a person grows older, the organ that processes their food, the gastrointestinal tract, increases in firmness and rigidity. [1] This change can cause ailments such as constipation, abdominal pain and nausea. Seniors can mitigate these symptoms by eating healthy. [2] Poor diet can lead to several sicknesses for seniors such as:

• heart disease
• excessive weight
• high blood pressure
• Type II diabetes
• Osteoporosis
• Stroke [4]
• bone loss
• anemia

Proper eating habits help seniors ward off many illnesses that afflict their population, and a well-balanced diet fuels the body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to stay healthy. A healthy diet also generates the energy that seniors need to navigate through the day and maintain their weight. For seniors who crave unhealthy foods, senior health advocates recommend slowly easing into a balanced diet.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Staying active is another key health component for the aging population. [6] Older citizens should pursue daily physical activity. Exercise aids seniors’ strength, balance and heart health, and helps them maintain self-esteem. For sedentary seniors, health experts recommend that they begin new exercise regiments gradually. [7] It is also important that seniors consult with their care providers before beginning a new physical routine.

Older citizens that make physical activity routine are less inclined to miss out on exercise. [6] Seniors can create active lifestyle accountability by including friends and family members in their daily activities.

It is important that seniors make healthy life choices, and by working with medical professionals, they can discover the exercises and nutritional supplements that their bodies need. Healthcare professionals can also help seniors discover and treat potential health threats before they cause significant harm. Seniors can change longstanding habits; however, it is important that they give their bodies time to adapt. Overall, exercise and healthy eating work well for giving seniors stamina and energy.

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1. Rodriguez D. 7 Steps to Healthy Aging, Happy Aging. Everyday Health [Web Page]. 2013. Available at: http://www.everydayhealth.com/senior-health/understanding/index.aspx. Accessed 2016.

2. NIH Senior Health. Falls and Older Adults. NIHSeniorHealth [Web Page]. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/aboutfalls/01.html. Accessed 2016.

3. Parentgiving. 10 Essential Health Tips For Seniors. Parentgiving [Web Page]. Available at: http://www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/10-essential-health-tips-for-seniors/. Accessed 2016.

4. NIHSeniorHealth. Eating Well As You Get Older. NIH Senior Health [Web Page]. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/eatingwellasyougetolder/benefitsofeatingwell/01.html. Accessed 2016.

5. NIH Senior Health. Eating Safely. NIHSeniorHealth [Web Page]. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/eatingsafely/avoidfoodborneillness/01.html. Accessed 2016.

6. NIH Senior Health. Exercise: How to Stay Active. NIHSeniorHealth [Web Page]. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/exerciseandphysicalactivityhowtostayactive/makeexerciseahabit/01.html. Accessed 2016.

7. NIH Senior Health. Exercise: How to Get Started. NIHSeniorHealth [Web Page]. Available at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/exerciseandphysicalactivityhowtogetstarted/safetyfirst/01.html. Accessed 2016.