You may have spent the majority of your life caring for others, but as you grow older, it may suddenly become challenging to care for yourself. That’s a change that you can’t deny or ignore. You might be suffering from a chronic condition, or you could be experiencing pain, balance, strength, or mobility concerns. You may have felt alone and depressed in the previous year or two as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. All of these issues increase the importance of self-care. There are things you can do to improve your life. It all starts with getting your body and mind moving.
Strengthen Immune System
As we become older, our immune systems weaken. That is, maintaining personal hygiene standards reduces exposure to germs and viruses. Skin care is also essential. It is suggested that older adults restrict their time in the sun, particularly during the times of day when the sun’s rays are at their highest. Wear sunblock and protective clothing. Keeping your house clean is also crucial for removing allergies and microorganisms. Decluttering the home can also help to prevent tripping hazards.
Poor sleep patterns can have a negative impact on various health conditions and, as a result, their quality of life. Unfortunately, variations in the quality and length of sleep are typical among older adults.
People’s circadian rhythms may vary as they age, leading them to feel drowsy sooner in the evening and get up earlier in the morning. Older adults may also wake up more frequently during the night. Sleep apnea, or recurrent pauses in breathing while sleeping, also contributes to poor sleep quality.
Sleeping advice includes the following:
- Avoid late-night eating, smoking, caffeine, and alcohol. Create a nightly self-care routine that includes activities that help you relax and prepare for sleep.
- Turn off any bedroom distractions such as televisions and phones.
- Exercise can help you sleep better and for longer periods.
Improve Chronic Conditions
Exercise programs can aid in the treatment of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. It can also reduce your chance of falling by strengthening your body and refreshing your thoughts. When you exercise on a regular basis, you will most likely feel better about yourself. Consult your doctor before commencing any workout regimen.
A well-balanced diet is essential for remaining healthy as you become older. It aids in the maintenance of a healthy weight, the maintenance of energy, the improvement of organ and brain function, the strengthening of the immune system, and the management of chronic illnesses. A program of exercise and good food provides a solid basis for elder self-care and can benefit many aspects of life.
At Aston Gardens At Sun City Center, we prioritize your emotional, mental, social, clinical, physical, and psychological well-being. Our activities director will propose fascinating activities every day to engage both the brain and the body. We lead many independent living programs to improve overall health and fitness for our members. Contact us or schedule a tour to learn more!