Health Tips for Older Women
March is Women’s History Month in which we celebrate the important role that women have played in the history of this country and the world! We also highlight the importance of women’s health and educate those on health tips for women – especially older women.
1. Get Active
Getting active is important to your physical and mental wellbeing. In fact, it’s crucial to staying fit enough to maintain your independence and staving off many chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, depression, and arthritis. Get at least thirty minutes of activity, five days a week. Don’t forget to vary your routine with aerobics, balance exercises, and muscle-strengthening activities!
2. Eat Healthy
The majority of US adults do not get the proper amount of nutrients that they need daily. Flip that on its head by making sure that your plate is packed with fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole-grain foods! Maintaining a healthy diet will keep you at a healthy weight and protect you from many different weight-related illnesses due to obesity or malnutrition.
3. Take Supplements
If you find that you can’t consume the proper amount of nutrients, it might be time to think about taking supplements to compensate. Speak to your doctor and find which vitamins and minerals you may be lacking in. Then develop a plan to find strategies to meet those necessary benchmarks for those.
4. Manage Stress
Long-term stress can damage brain cells, causing memory loss, depression, and fatigue. It can also lower your immune system’s ability to fight off and recover from infection. It’s key to reduce your stress by any means necessary which may mean taking extra care to engage in self-care and mindful behaviors.
5. Practice Mindfulness
Likewise, these mindful behaviors are about self-acceptance and living presently. Mindfulness can improve your focus, increase your memorization abilities, and improve your emotional reactions. Additionally, mindfulness can increase your immune function and increase relationship satisfaction.
Good sleep is key to maintaining your physical and mental health. While how much sleep you might need may vary, you should shoot for at least seven to eight hours. Getting enough sleep can lower your risk for a multitude of diseases, ease mental illnesses, lower your risk for obesity, reduce inflammation in your muscles and joints, and improve your focus and concentration. Set a definite wake and sleep time to ensure that you’re in and out of bed promptly.
7. Limit Vices
Smoking and alcohol consumption can make one age prematurely and increase your risk of disease. Women should consume no more than one drink per day… and smoking of any kind – including second-hand smoke, should be avoided at all costs. For advice on how to quit smoking, consider making an appointment with your doctor!
8. Practice Fall Prevention
Falls are one of the ways that injury occurs for older adults. Create a good balance with a program that includes strength and flexibility exercises. Make sure that any medication that you’re taking won’t increase your risk of falls and simultaneously take them as they are prescribed. Remove hazards and potential fall risks by cleaning and organizing your space!
9. Avoid Loneliness
Loneliness can be the downfall of your health and increase physical and mental pain. Take efforts to be more social. Reach out to loved ones and friends. Make plans! Join community groups with those who share your interests! Volunteer! Getting in touch with others will not only improve your mental and physical health but make you more fulfilled.
10. Maintain Your Brain
Oen in eight older adults in the United States has Alzheimer’s disease. While cognitive decline is natural as we age, it’s important to take steps to avoid it. Stimulate your mind by continuing to learn. Attend lectures, read, learn a new skill or hobby – find ways to keep your mind fresh!
Health Tips for Older Women
We are thankful for all of the women in our lives who have changed us for the better!