Summer’s a good time for seniors to take stock of their health and consider changes that will help them look and feel their best. Even small changes can enhance your health for the better. Cultivating healthy living habits will give you a healthier and happier outlook for the future.

Boost Your Diet

One of the easiest ways to boost your diet is to add fresh berries to your menu. Berries are loaded with antioxidants and fiber which can help lower your cholesterol and fight against age-related diseases. A cup of blackberries, strawberries or blueberries daily (or a mix of all three) makes a great summertime snack in between meals.

Find Your “De-Stress”

Stress can take the joy out of life and take a toll on your health. If you want to enjoy summer to the full, find ways to de-stress when things get tough. Take daily walks or start a flower garden. Gardening is a soothing and relaxing hobby, and you can take pleasure in the beautiful results.

Exercise is also a great stress buster for a senior, so have some fun in the sun. Go hiking, biking, swimming or play outdoor games with your grandkids. Daily exercise will not only reduce stress but help keep you healthy and fit.

A trip to your favorite vacation hotspot can help you unwind when you’re stressed out. If you like to drink with your meals, keep your alcoholic beverages light, i.e., sangria, cold beer or wine spritzer, to reduce the risk of health problems.

Stay Hydrated

Too much summer fun in the sun can lead to dehydration and heatstroke. You can avoid dehydration by drinking lots of water and taking frequent breaks from the sun. Try to schedule outside times for early mornings or evenings when the sun isn’t so strong. Go to AC environments like the mall, library, indoor restaurants or movie theater for fun and relaxation when temperatures are high to avoid heatstroke.

Safeguard Your Skin, Teeth and Eyes

Protect your skin and eyes from the sun by using sunscreen and eyeglasses when outdoors. Wearing clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton will keep you cooler and more comfortable in summer heat. If mosquitoes are a problem where you live, be sure to apply mosquito repellent before taking hikes in the woods or when outdoors at night for safety against diseases.

Flossing daily will preserve your beautiful smile and improve your oral health. Good oral health reduces bacteria in your body that can cause other health problems. So do your part to take good care of your teeth all year round.

Get Enough Z-Z-Z’s

Too many late summer nights can leave you sleep deprived which will take a toll on your health. As a senior, it’s important to get enough sleep to preserve your health and wellbeing. Sticking to a good sleep schedule all year long will ensure you’re getting the rest you need.

If you’re looking for senior in-home caregiver services or companionship to enjoy summer to the full, call us at Sunny Days In-Home Care at 724-260-5186 today.

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