Maintaining good health is a priority for everyone, but it’s especially critical for seniors. Older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions than younger ones. Further, they may be more susceptible to developing other issues. Seniors who embraced healthy habits earlier in life may find it relatively easy to maintain them, but others may need to start developing positive health behaviors. Fortunately, there are numerous ways for seniors to help protect their health.
Prioritizing sleep is important, as sleep quality tends to decrease with age. Having good sleep hygiene can help address this issue. Keeping bedrooms cool, dark and quiet and maintaining a regular nighttime routine also can support healthy sleep — as does avoiding alcohol and screen time before bed.
Seniors who have recently been hospitalized may face additional challenges when they return home. The accompanying resource provides helpful strategies for caregivers.
Graphic created by Options Home Health, a provider of in home nursing services.