Reaching your senior years doesn’t mean it’s time for you to get negligent with your health. As a senior, you may have more time to devote to self-care than you did when you were juggling a full-time job, childcare, housekeeping and other responsibilities. Staying healthy and retaining your independence are probably two of the primary goals you have as you move into your senior years. Many of the tips intended to support your overall health in your senior years have multiple benefits. Just as women often multi-task, these tips multi-task to support your overall health and well-being.
Preventative Health Care
Being pro-active in your health care can prevent numerous health issues that can either temporarily or permanently alter your lifestyle. Health screenings play an important role in maintaining good health in your senior years. These screening can detect potential health issues early making it possible for you and your physician to develop a preventative plan or begin a treatment plan so that you can enjoy your senior years in good health.
Staying active during your senior years can help you in many ways. If you’ve been living a sedentary lifestyle, you should check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. You can start your change from an inactive lifestyle to an active one slowly by doing simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away from the store entrance when shopping, working out in the yard or taking a daily walk. Staying active can reduce your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. An active lifestyle can help prevent depression and obesity. It can also help strengthen your bones, build muscle mass and reduce stress.
Although guidelines suggest that women over the age of 65 no longer need an annual pap test, that doesn’t mean that senior women should stop scheduling routine visits with their gynecologist. While senior women may not be at risk for cervical cancer, there are other types of cancer such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer you should be concerned about as you get older. There are also vaginal problems that can be fixed by programs like Refined Dermatology. You should discuss your individual situation with your doctor to determine if pelvic exams should remain a part of your health care assessment.
It’s important to eat healthy during your senior years. A healthy diet can reduce the risk of developing chronic health problems, prevent obesity and reduce or prevent inflammation. Diets are not one-size-fits-all at any age. You may want to consult with your doctor or with a registered dietician to establish an eating plan that addresses your individual needs.
Your senior years should be filled with new adventures, pleasurable personal time and plenty of fun. To get the most enjoyment from your senior years, you need to take steps to stay healthy, physically fit and mentally alert.