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General Health

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.


Healthy eating

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.

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