Seniors can use fall as a time to get a jump on a healthy lifestyle! Drawing on the “back to school” urge embedded in everyone from childhood, September is the perfect time to celebrate Healthy Aging Month. The observance month’s activities are designed to encourage people to rejuvenate and engage in positive measures that can impact the areas of physical, social, financial, and mental wellness.
For seniors, maintaining a healthy body and mind is hugely important. By not eating well or maintaining their health, seniors put themselves at risk of illnesses that could lead to long-term issues. Seniors Helping Seniors® services offer the following tips for seniors to maintain a balanced mind and body:
- Get moving. Activity can be as simple as walking for just ten or fifteen minutes, three to four times a week, and increasing as you go.
- Maintain a Healthy Diet. Healthy eating is a big part of staying healthy, and the USDA emphasizes the need for more vegetables and fruits in the American diet – recommending five a day. Eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and try to avoid excessively processed foods.
- Stay Social. Decreases in interaction with friends and family lead to health issues and isolation can lead to depression. Instead of feeling lonely and bored, reach out and invite friends and family over!
- Get Regular Physicals. If you are not feeling well, do not “wait for it to go away.” You know yourself and your body well enough to detect if there is something out of the ordinary, so listen to your body!
Seniors Helping Seniors® Chicago Metro In-Home Care Services is committed to providing assistance to area seniors in their own environment. We provide companionship and an extra set of hands to shop, cook, and help out around the house. We provide seniors with the ability to choose an independent lifestyle in their own homes and be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We do not require a contract and can be secured for as little as a few hours a week. A minimum of two and three-hour blocks of time can be arranged.
Call or text us at 312-526-3666 to learn more about our services and open caregiver positions.