This fall marks a few occasions to celebrate and embrace healthy aging and active living. The entire month of September is National Healthy Aging Month, and the first week of October is Active Aging Week. What a great time to focus on starting and maintaining healthy habits and better lifestyle choices! With just a few months left in the year, it’s never too late to focus on your health and improving your well-being.
Making healthy choices becomes increasingly important as we get older. Every decision you make can either lead to a better outcome, or it could have negative results down the line. But, living healthier does not have to be difficult. Here are three suggestions to embrace healthy aging:
There are countless benefits of getting a good night’s rest. Not getting enough sleep has been linked to several conditions, including stroke, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Some studies have shown that improving your sleep habits may help reduce memory loss that can lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Try to aim for 7-9 hours of sleep every night for the most benefits.
It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene as you get older. Many people believe that tooth loss and oral issues are just a natural part of aging, but that is not the case. Your age actually has little to no impact on your oral health. However, some medications for common conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can cause dry mouth or other oral side effects. For more tips on practicing good oral hygiene, check out our post, “Dental Health for Seniors” here.
Did you know that socially engaging with others is just as important as exercise as you age? Social wellness, one of the eight dimensions of wellness, is key to healthy aging. Maintaining social connections with others as you age offers a variety of benefits, including improved physical health, a boost to your emotional health and a sense of belonging and engagement.
At Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, Indiana, residents enjoy access to a variety of health and wellness programs at the Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center. We offer individualized goal setting and exercise program support, water therapy, strength and endurance equipment, and more! For more information about Peabody’s vibrant senior living community or if you’re interested in scheduling a personal tour, contact us today.