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Healthy Habits for Seniors
Monday, January 4, 2021

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Improving Your Physical and Mental Fitness 

Daily Habits To Start in the New Year

January is a great time of year for seniors to renew their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. More than simply making a New Year’s resolution, try to permanently implement these healthy habits as part of your daily routine. You will be making a positive impact on your mental, physical, and emotional health!

Challenge your mind.

Choose an activity every day that stimulates your brain. This could be a solitary activity like completing a Sudoku puzzle or tackling the crossword in the newspaper, or it might be enjoying a game of cards or trivia with friends or neighbors in your senior living community. Reading a book—especially in a new genre or an unfamiliar nonfiction topic—is also a great way to challenge your mind.

Get some sleep.

Many seniors have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night. If you have been going to bed too late, make an effort to get to bed a few minutes earlier each night. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day to optimize your sleep cycles.

Drink more water.

As the Cleveland Clinic reported, seniors are at greater risk of dehydration. If you feel thirsty, you might already be dehydrated. Try to build hydration into your daily routine. Make sure you always drink a glass of water before and after you exercise or complete a more vigorous activity such as vacuuming or yard work.

Talk to someone.

Whether you live at home or in a senior living community, you can still deal with feelings of isolation and loneliness. While email or social media messages are a great way to stay in touch, sometimes nothing beats talking to someone in person or over the phone. Consider calling a family member or friend each day just to have a quick chat. 

Senior living communities like McGregor prioritize our residents’ physical, mental, and emotional health. We provide the ideal environment, services, and opportunities to make it easy for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle as you age. To learn more about the benefits of senior living communities, feel free to reach out to our team.