You may not have been aware of this, but September is Healthy Aging Month and we’re spending the month on our social media channels as well as on this blog talking about some things you can do to help your loved one who may be aging in place this month stay healthy, longer. There are a wide variety of tips and tricks that you might use, so we’re going to focus on a few of them here to get you off to a good start this month.
Many of the tips we’ll be sharing are good for all ages and not necessarily strictly for the person in your life who is aging in place, but can be used for you, your kids, grand kids, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters. Share these tips with friends and family alike so that everyone can use September to kick-off their own healthy aging routine.
Tip #1: Eat the rainbow. This is something healthy living experts have been saying for years now and you may have even said it to your own kids as they were growing up. Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables regularly is one of the best things you can do to age in a healthy way. Take for example broccoli, the leafy green veggie is great for improving memory. A helping or two of it a week can go a long way in helping your remember things that often feel like fleeting memories.
Tip #2: Get enough sleep. Sleep is your body’s way of recovering from a day of hard work. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body won’t be able to recover and then things start to pile up. Without the proper amount of rest you will have more aches and pains, you won’t be able to have the energy to get up and get moving and your mental health may suffer as well. Most adults should be getting between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Are you?
Tip #3: Skip the extra glass of wine. A drink or two every now and again is not going to do any damage to your long-term health, but giving yourself the freedom to skip the EXTRA glass of wine can do wonders for your overall health. Drinking too heavily can have a direct impact on your cognitive functions that are needed to keep you functioning throughout the day.
Healthy Aging Month is a good time to take stock in your behaviors and those of your loved ones who are aging in place and you may be the caregiver for over time. While heading in to see someone you may not want to be preaching things, it may be a good entry point to say, “hey, did you know September is healthy aging month?” and continue from there. However you do it keeping health at the top of all conversations will allow you to be a caregiver who encourages your loved one instead of scolding them for bad habits.