two seniors exercising in the parkDespite the inevitable passing of time, there are many ways senior citizens can maintain or even get back the health of their younger years.

Although it may be easier for people who were healthy in the past to be healthy in their golden years, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes for the better.

Embassy Healthcare offers the following tips on developing daily routines to improve health at any age:

Get Moving – And Keep Moving

Not only does exercise strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular health, it provides a number of other benefits including:

  • Mental health boost: Physical activity promotes cognitive processes, help stave off dementia and improve one’s mood.
  • Helps fight off illness: Regular exercise boosts immunity, decreasing the risks of common illnesses that can prove fatal to seniors.
  • Increases social interaction: Exercising with friends, neighbors or peers at a community center helps develop relationships and give seniors something to look forward to.

Better Foods Make A Better Body

Getting proper nutrition can be a challenge for seniors who perhaps don’t have access to fresh produce, instead opting for the convenience of processed foods. Older adults may have decreased appetite, which can lead to malnutrition, weakened immune systems and an increased risk of falls. The elderly are also more susceptible to hydration, so ensure they are drinking plenty of water. Individuals who can eat with others as a social activity – such as in a skilled nursing community – are less likely to skip meals.

Develop Good Mental Health Practices

More than two million Americans age 65 and older are dealing with a form of depression, according to Mental Health America. Social isolation and depression have been linked to physical health concerns such as weak immune systems, digestive problems and heart failure.

Make A Schedule – Stick To It

Seniors who attempt to do each aspect of their healthy daily routine at roughly the same time will likely find it easier to stay on track with their goals. Having the support of someone else to exercise, eat or socialize with also increases the odds of success.

For more information on Embassy Healthcare’s services, call us at 888-975-1379 or contact us online.