By adopting a healthy lifestyle, your risk of disease in older age declines dramatically. Small changes in your daily lifestyle can improve how you feel and delay the need long-term care.
Here is a checklist that outlines what you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle that could help you delay the need for long-term care.
Regular physical activity helps to control weight and contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints. Exercise can reduce falls and help to relieve the pain of arthritis.
Physical activity reduces symptoms of depression and stress, improves the brain and can even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Simple and fun activities such as:
are great ways to keep you mentally healthy and exercised. They are also quality ways to spend time with your family and friends.
Eating well is especially important as you age. Good nutrition reduces your chances of developing chronic diseases. As you age, you may need to adjust your diet and nutritional needs.