Try these tips to boost senior health and wellness.

It’s not uncommon for people to lose sight of their New Year’s Resolutions by the end of January, but there is no rule that says resolutions can only be made at the start of the year. There’s no time like the present to start a new goal or habit, especially if you want to boost senior health and wellness.     

We have six tips you can implement today. Choose one to start, or jump right into all of them to attain the most benefit:

  1. Get physical. With the doctor’s approval and recommendations at hand, begin a new health and fitness routine – together! Working out with an older adult you love allows you to motivate one another and act as accountability partners. Commit to staying with it for at least 21 days, after which it ought to be an ingrained, pleasurable habit you will wish to continue.
  2. Schedule a physical. Rather than waiting for an injury or illness to call the physician, a yearly check-up is a good method for seniors to stay on top of their health and potentially prevent issues before they occur.
  3. Update vaccinations. Along with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, flu, pneumonia, and shingles vaccines ought to be up to date. With age comes an increased risk for severe effects from these illnesses, so vaccinations become much more essential.
  4. Stay connected. Help the older adult maintain friendships and contact with loved ones to reduce the chances of loneliness and isolation – something we’ve all become too familiar with during the course of the pandemic. Offer transportation when necessary for lunch dates, or with setting up technology to stay virtually in touch.
  5. Monitor what you eat. If the fridge and pantry are full of fatty or empty-calorie foods, replace them with proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and low-fat dairy products. A drastic change in diet may be overwhelming and difficult to stick to, so start simple with one replacement at first – carrot sticks in the place of potato chips, for instance – and work up to a more healthy overall diet.
  6. Don’t forget mental health. A mental health provider can help determine if anxiety, depression, or other concerns need to be addressed, offering both therapeutic tools and medication if needed. Staying mentally sharp through brain enrichment activities can also help with the natural cognitive decline that is experienced in aging.

Atlanta Home Care Partners is here to help aging adults in meeting these goals and any other goals with customized senior care in Brookhaven and the nearby areas. From transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and fitness classes to grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals, all while giving socialization a much-needed boost, we’re empowering seniors to live their best lives on a daily basis. Email or call us at 404-228-0103 to learn more about how we can help someone you love!