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Tips for Taking Control of Your Health as a Senior

As we get older, sometimes it can feel like we're losing control of our lives.  Our children and other family members might move away.  Medical conditions might require a change of lifestyle or restrict us from doing certain activities.  However, we can gain control of our lives if we practice healthy routines.  By accepting responsibility for your physical and mental health, you can improve your overall quality of life. 

Change Your Diet

No matter your age, diet has a huge effect on your health.  After all, what you put into your body controls what you're going to get out of it.  If you're eating inappropriate foods or not getting the nutrition you need, the odds are that you are going to face a decline in your health.  Your body simply needs certain things to function properly.

When you're younger, your body is generally durable enough to function even if you have a poor diet.  However, much of that durability is lost as you age, so it is extremely important for seniors to get the nutrients they need from either their diet or vitamins.  According to Choose My Plate, seniors particularly need nutrients such as potassium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, minerals, and dietary fiber.  Seniors should also ensure that they are drinking enough water, which is key to maintaining a high level of health.  Eating healthy can help you boost your mental health as well.

You should also eat regular meals, including breakfast.  While it might be tempting to skip breakfast, especially if you get up late, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  Time explains that skipping breakfast regularly can lead to inflammation, which can be particularly damaging for seniors.

Listen to Music

Music is one of the most under-appreciated tools that we can use to stay mentally healthy.  Not only does exposure to familiar tunes spark memories, but music can also fire up the parts of the brain responsible for relaxation and concentration.  When you listen to music, you give your brain a way to be active, even if you aren't actively moving to the beat or belting out the lyrics.  In fact, many dementia care centers use music therapy as part of a standard care plan for people with or at-risk of Alzheimer's disease.  Listening now can improve your mood, and playing an instrument may even delay cognitive decline in the future.

Start Exercising

Exercising is obviously important no matter your age, but seniors can often find it difficult because of their increasingly limited mobility.  However, exercises such as yoga are extremely important for seniors.  It decreases your risk of a fall, lowers your chances of getting cardiovascular diseases, and helps you stay mobile for longer.  If you aren't mobile now, starting a gentle exercise routine can actually help you reverse the clock.  Exercise also releases endorphins, which can increase your mental health and overall well-being.

Why Keep Working?  It Makes us Happy!

That's right.  Retirement seems full of bliss when we picture it in our minds but studies show it's not all it's chalked up to be.  Many seniors find themselves unmotivated, unhappy, and unfulfilled after retiring.  This is why we've also seen a steady rise in seniors starting their own businesses in the past couple of decades.  In fact, nearly 1 in 4 businesses are started by older adults now.  That's an increase of over 60% since the year 2000.

It's important to keep in mind that once you've decided to start a business, you'll need to consider forming a business entity.  Many small businesses choose to register as an LLC for its tax advantages and limited paperwork.  Once your business is established, you can start turning your hobby or great idea into a lasting career.

Get Plenty of Rest

Many older adults sleep far less than they need to.  This can lead to a decline in health and an overwhelming tired feeling throughout the day.  For most seniors, getting the sleep they need can be as simple as waking up and going to bed at the same time each day.  Exercising can also help, since it can make you feel more alert during the day and less likely to nap.

For seniors, taking control of your health is important.  By implementing these five tips, you'll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Writen by Mary Shannon

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