Age-appropriate health care
Each stage of life brings its own changes and challenges. Older adults often experience lifestyle and physical changes that can influence their overall health. During this time, it is especially important to establish or maintain habits that can improve your health and quality of life.
A relationship with your Access Primary Care Physician can help you navigate the challenges of aging and your specific health needs. In general, however, there are numerous ways that any senior adult can nurture their health and wellbeing.
Your specific dietary needs and restrictions may vary, but older adults can generally benefit from choosing nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods.
These may include:
Colorful fruits and vegetables
Whole grains, such as oatmeal, brown rice and whole-wheat bread
Low-fat dairy products
Lean meats, such as seafood, poultry and eggs
Nuts, seeds and beans
Avoid sweets, fatty foods, added sodium and refined grains (such as white bread). These foods can have a negative impact on your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar.
Physical movement and exercise
No matter your physical limitations, physical movement can help improve your mental and physical health, endurance, and balance. Be sure to talk to your health care provider before starting any exercise program.
Some possible ways to increase your physical activity:
Take walks around your neighborhood
Join a class, such as yoga or water aerobics
Do housework and gardening
Sleep and your health
Many older adults struggle to get a full night’s sleep. Yet sleep can help your general health, including your mood and mental functioning.
Some tips for better sleep health:
Avoid alcohol, heavy meals, and caffeine a few hours before bed
Maintain a regular bedtime
Keep your bedroom cool
Your Access Primary Care Physician can answer your lifestyle questions and help you create a plan for setting good health habits.