Tips for Making Healthy Choices As We Age

January 7, 2015 - Serving Seniors

With a new year comes the ever common goal of making lasting, healthy changes to improve our quality of life. The folks at Senior Planet wrote a very timely article titled ‘How to Amp Up Your Healthy Lifestyle’ and we thought we’d share a few nuggets of wisdom about getting active, eating well and staying engaged as we age.

Exercise Can Keep You Independent Longer

AGNES

There are direct links between good exercise, nutrition and independence which is precisely why group exercise classes are wonderful for everyone but especially seniors. At Serving Seniors we certainly understand the importance of staying active as we age and we see the benefits when we look at clients, like Agnes (pictured right), who regularly take our fitness classes. At 94 years old she is the picture of health.

Exercise not only helps you stay strong, it’s also a natural mood and memory booster. Even if you’re recovering from an injury or have a chronic illness, you should stay active. Senior fitness guru Rene Burton suggests “making appointments with yourself” to exercise. Look for an instructor who takes an interest in her students and is careful not to push you beyond your ability. Above all, she says, “Listen to your body.”

How to Pick a Fitness Program

If you’re looking for a good senior fitness program it should:

  • Address balance, strength and flexibility
  • Include light aerobics (no “pounding”)
  • Include plenty of stretching

Our fitness classes include all of the above and are led by certified group fitness instructor Patty Frisby six times a week. Patty has taught at Serving Seniors for over 7 years and provides classes designed specially for the senior population.

IMG_0945(2)Healthy Diets Can Cure

What you eat is as important as how much you move. Even if you’re not about to make an overhaul, small changes—giving up that late night chip habit, or starting the day with fruit and oatmeal rather than a bagel—can make a difference. As a general rule, try reducing your intake of simple carbohydrates (bread, pasta, sweets, processed foods) and eat more fresh vegetables. A nutritionist can give you shopping and meal-planning tips.

The meals we serve to seniors are balanced, healthy and provide a third of the daily requirements needed for older adults. Our meal plan is developed by a nutritionist with our seniors in mind.

Stay Engaged

One of the main risk factors for depression and declining health is isolation. Studies show that spending time online reduces depression and increases cognitive function. If you can keep doing meaningful work (even if it’s volunteering), do it. Get together with friends and family.

We offer a variety of activities and classes including writing, computer training, history and civic engagement. Check out our Activities Calendar to find a class that may interest you.

Wishing you a healthy and happy 2015!

 

** Source: http://seniorplanet.org/guides/health/how-to-amp-up-your-healthy-lifestyle/

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