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Healthy Lifestyles for Seniors

Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Seniors

Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of a healthy life for seniors. Participating in regular exercise and adhering to a healthy diet can have a noticeable impact in general well-being.

Conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression, and some cancers can be prevented or more easily treated in seniors with good diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications.

Important life style modifications other than diet and exercise to promote senior health include:

  • Moderate alcohol use, not more than one drink per day
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sun protection and skin moisturizers
  • Routine dental care with brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits
  • Regular primary care doctor visits and review of medication list, side effects, and drug interactions
  • Involvement in health care decisions and development of advance directives
  • Health care screening, preventive measures, and vaccinations (immunizations)
  • Eye doctor and foot doctor visits for individuals with diabetes
  • Adequate sleep and good sleep hygiene
  • Social activities and vacations
  • Some seniors do well because they still enjoy work or volunteering
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/27/2015

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