In life, we do our best to follow the healthiest habits possible. However, as we age, our healthy habits sometimes fall by the wayside.
Our in-home care providers at Qualicare want to offer you tips on how you can better manage your overall health so that you can live a longer, healthier life.
Let’s take a look at a number of ways you can start improving your overall health. Start here:
Boost Your Cognitive Health
Did you know that 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, one form of dementia? While there is no cure for dementia, there are ways you can help improve your cognitive health as you age so that you can lower your risk of developing it.
Healthy lifestyle habits are a good place to begin. Get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke and get plenty of sleep. But you can also boost your cognitive health by continually challenging your mind. Take up new and unfamiliar hobbies and other activities, and perform puzzles and other mind games regularly.
As we age, it is easy to fall into isolation. However, it is important to maintain healthy relationships as we age in order to reduce our risk of loneliness.
Has it been awhile since you had a date with friends or loved ones? Make time this month to schedule a date over coffee or play a game with friends. Not only will you be helping yourself, but you will also be helping others, too.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Just as sleep is important when we are younger, it is still important as you age. While you can get by with a little less as an older adult, you still need to be aiming for between seven and eight hours of sleep each night.
When you do not get the sleep you need, you run the risk of suffering from depression, irritability, increased fall risk and memory problems. To get optimal sleep, try turning off electronics at least an hour before you go to bed and avoid drinking caffeine late at night.
Are you looking for someone to help care for your loved one in the comfort of home? Contact our in-home care providers at Qualicare to learn how we can help!