With so much information floating around about what to eat and drink and how to exercise, it can seem like living a healthy lifestyle is complicated and requires a lot of time and effort.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that living a healthy lifestyle is simple and even small changes can have a significant impact on overall well-being.
If you want your elderly loved one to enjoy better health and all of the benefits that come along with it, it’s easy to get started with a few simple tips from a skilled nursing service.
Shifting towards an optimal diet
Most of us have room for some improvement in our diet, and you don’t need to clean out the whole kitchen and start from scratch to do it.
It’s much more effective (and much more likely to stick) if you introduce changes slowly, introducing healthy options a little at a time. An extra serving of vegetables at each meal, a few pieces of fruit as snacks, and extra water instead of coffee are all examples of simple changes that can have your loved one feeling better and more energetic in no time.
Encouraging appropriate exercise
Once again, the approach of “a little and often” works best here. There are plenty of ways your loved one can add more physical activity to their routine that will add up to more energy, better flexibility, enhanced stamina, and a general improvement in their daily life.
Try going for a daily walk in the evenings together, or encourage them to throw in a few squats or torso twists while performing chores. Dancing is also a great way to get moving and a fun component of senior care, so make sure they can turn on their favorite music whenever the mood for an impromptu dance party strikes.
Finding opportunities to socialize and connect with others
No discussion of health is complete without touching on the importance of community. Finding ways to connect with others is essential, especially for older people who can easily become isolated.
Check out the options in your local community for social opportunities for seniors. Book clubs, adult education classes, and art lessons are all great ways to get out and meet people.