5 Ways Aging Adults Can Increase Their Longevity

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Tips To Increase Seniors Longevity in Prestige Home Care

Many seniors want to know what it takes to live long, happy, and healthy lives, and their families want to know what they can do to help their aging loved ones. Windermere senior home care experts want to share a few secrets to increasing a senior’s longevity, and you’re likely to discover these suggestions aren’t so secret after all.

1. Diet

Seniors should follow a diet rich in essential nutrients and low in harmful ingredients like sodium and cholesterol. Unsaturated fats such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids reduce the risk of heart conditions. Fish, nuts, avocados, and olives are rich in these healthy fats. Loaded with dietary fiber, whole grains and legumes prevent digestive conditions such as constipation. Fresh fruit and vegetables give seniors plenty of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, potassium, and calcium.

2. Exercise

Routine physical exercise helps seniors maintain their mobility and independence. Walking and doing light aerobics stimulates circulation, flexibility, dexterity, and many other important attributes that deteriorate with old age. Aquatic exercises also provide fun and low-impact ways for elderly people to stay active. Any form of physical activity also mitigates the symptoms of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, and other chronic disorders.

3. Mental Engagement

Aging causes an increased risk of cognitive decline and mental instability. Most seniors are likely to develop some form of dementia, a brain disease that typically affects memory. Reading newspapers, solving simple crossword puzzles, and playing classic games like chess keep the brain active and healthy. It’s important for Windermere caregivers to encourage seniors to think critically on a daily basis.

4. Family and Friends

Elderly people who live alone might experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychiatric issues. It’s important for family members and friends to regularly visit their senior loved ones. Spending quality time with loved ones gives seniors a positive way to combat loneliness. Looking at old family photo albums also helps seniors feel better and share some reminiscence.

5. Safe Environment

Seniors must carefully adapt to their surroundings to minimize accidents and injuries. The ideal residence for elderly people shouldn’t have stairs or uneven surfaces. Bathrooms should be equipped with the appropriate safety installations such as raised toilet seats and handlebars in bathtubs.

f your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, reach out to Prestige Home Care, a trusted provider of Alzheimer’s, stroke, dementia, and Parkinson’s care. Windermere seniors can benefit from our revolutionary Balanced Care Method (BCM), a program that was designed to encourage seniors to make healthy lifestyle choices that have been shown to increase life expectancy. For more information on BCM and our other in-home care services, call 407-329-6613 to request a no-obligation consultation.

Author

  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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