Tips for staying healthy as you age

by | Apr 15, 2024 | Health and Wellness

Embracing the wisdom that comes with age can be a rewarding experience. With age comes the advantage of knowledge and life experiences. You may find yourself better equipped to make important life decisions and, hopefully, have the means to pursue your passions. Here are five tips to make the most of your golden years.

Feed your body
We all know that we need a well-balanced diet. Prioritizing foods rich in fibre and vegetables while minimizing the intake of fatty foods and salt offers benefits for everyone. But as we age, we have more reason to be mindful of what we eat, especially if you have a chronic illness or a family history of illness. Ask your health care provider for some personalized tips on foods that can help if you’re dealing with a specific health issue.

Keep moving
It’s important to get regular exercise at any age. It keeps our hearts and minds healthy. Regular movement also helps improve balance and stamina. That doesn’t mean you necessarily need to join a gym or suddenly take up running. Twenty to 30 minutes a day of a low-impact activity such as walking or swimming will give you a boost. Other options include yoga or lifting some light weights while seated. Whatever activity you prefer, you can also seek out a community group you can join, and you may even make some new friends.

Keep up with your checkups
Maintaining a regular schedule of appointments with your doctor, dentist, optometrist and any specialists you see is the best way to monitor for changes in your health. You should also report any changes you notice yourself to your doctor, and track side effects from medications you’re prescribed.

Get vaccinated
Many of us couldn’t wait for there to be a COVID-19 shot. But, after dutifully getting all our boosters, health care officials are noticing a drop in the number of people getting their flu shots and other vaccines. With steadily declining immune systems, seniors should be up to date on all their shots.

Seek treatment
You may have heard about long wait times at hospitals and may be struggling to find a family doctor. There are now 19 minor illnesses that you can have diagnosed and receive treatment for at your local pharmacy. These include hemorrhoids, heartburn, and sprains and strains. So, if you get sick, you may be able to get diagnosed and treated by a pharmacist.

Learn more at rexall.ca/prescribing

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