Healthy Tips for 2017

December 13, 2016

1. Eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, low-fat dairy and healthy fats

In later life, you still need healthy foods, but fewer calories. The USDA’s MyPyramid for Older Adults, (mypyramid.gov), and your healthcare provider can help you make good choices. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Include nuts, beans, and/or legumes in your daily menu. Choose fiber-rich whole grain bread, brown rice, and whole grain pasta. Include sources of calcium and Vitamin D to help keep your bones strong.

2. Consider a multivitamin

As with any changes to medication, consult your healthcare provider about any nutrition issues that may need over-the-counter vitamins or nutrition supplements. 

3. Be Active Physical

activity can be safe and healthy for older adults — even if you have heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis! In fact, many of these conditions get better with mild to moderate physical activity. Exercises such as tai chi, water aerobics, walking, and stretching can also help you control your weight, build your muscles and bones, and improve your balance, posture, and mood.

4. See your provider regularly

You should schedule an annual Medicare wellness visit with your healthcare provider around your birthday month to discuss health screenings and any changes in your advance directives. Screening tests might include checking your vision, hearing, and for other conditions such as breast cancer, colon cancer, or osteoporosis.

5. Protect yourself against falls

One in every three older adults falls each year — and falls are a leading cause of injuries and death among older adults. Exercises such as walking or working out with an elastic band can increase your strength, balance, and flexibility and help you avoid falls. 

6. Use your mind

Your brain needs a workout just like your body. The more you use your mind, the better it will work. Read. Do crossword puzzles. Try Sudoku. Socializing also gives your brain a boost, so join a bridge club or a discussion group at your local library or senior center.

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