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The Importance of a Healthy Living Plan for Seniors

Having a healthy living plan for seniors is important to provide the best care for someone over 70. A good healthy living plan should incorporate ways to care for physical, emotional, and mental health. A well-thought-out plan for life in later years should also include a healthy diet and appropriate physical exercise. 

Let’s look at some of the basics of a healthy living plan and why they are important.

Healthy lifestyle

Because many people in their later years have more difficulty walking, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), older adults need around 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical exercise a week. If a person over 65 has mobility issues, then specific physical activity should be done 3 times a week to help prevent falling. If it is not physically possible to do the recommended amount of physical exercise, an elderly person should be as active as their circumstances allow. [1]

Getting the proper nutrition can also help prevent various health conditions that can come up in senior years. Some of the most important factors in a diet is to stay well-hydrated, eat enough fiber, and consume plenty of colorful fruit and vegetables. An elderly person should also limit sodium intake. 

Socialization

As well as looking after physical health, it is also important to care for mental health and stimulate cognitive function. 

One of the biggest challenges facing many seniors is to socialize with others. Health problems, mobility issues, or other factors can quickly lead to feelings of being isolated. Many studies point to the fact that having an active social life can help reduce stress, prevent depression, and boost self-esteem. 

If possible, encourage the senior person in your care to take part in social activities. This could be joining interest groups in the local area, attending events in assisted living facilities, doing volunteer work, or keeping in touch with family and grandchildren. 

In some cases, it could be a good idea to suggest a pet. Having a pet can become a great companion for elderly people who live on their own.


1. WHO. Physical activity and older adults.


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