While women age 50 or older are certainly not “over the hill,” now is an important time to start monitoring your health so that you can stay young and vital for as long as possible. Twenty years ago, those over 50 were considered “old” by the younger generation; today, 50 is the new 30!
While you don’t consider yourself a “senior” quite yet, if you have a mother or father you help take care of you may want to share these good health tips from our Palo Alto home care experts with him or her as well.
First, eat a healthy diet. Eliminating sugar and gluten in your diet can reduce fatigue, weight gain, and bloating. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats. The old adage “you are what you eat” is true, and you’ll feel better – and be healthier.
Exercise, but do something you enjoy. Whether it’s walking, swimming, or something more meditative such as yoga or pilates, be sure to get plenty of exercise. Experts recommend 150 minutes of exercise per week, so you can break this up however it best suits your lifestyle – 30 minutes 5 days per week, 50 minutes three days per week, etc. Do something you enjoy so that you’ll look forward to it rather than viewing exercise as a chore.
Care for yourself, and get plenty of sleep. This is particularly true if you care for an aging loved one frequently, or even every day. It’s important to take time to do things you enjoy, whether it’s reading a good book or getting together with friends once a week. Also make sure you get seven to eight hours of sleep each night as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation.
Choose a doctor you trust, and schedule routine health checks. It’s important to be comfortable with your health care professional, especially as you age and experience hormone imbalances and other issues. You want someone you can talk to, and who you enjoy spending time with so that you can feel free to voice all of your worries or concerns. Once you have a physician you trust, be sure to have regular check-ups and screenings as early detection is key to effective treatment of many conditions including diabetes, heart disease, even cancer.
These tips are important for women over 50, but also for anyone who is approaching their 60’s, 70’s, or even 80’s. It is possible to feel great and experience good health, regardless of your age!
At Care Indeed, our business involves providing professional caregiving services to seniors and those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other issues. Whether your aging loved one needs around-the-clock care or help just a few hours a day with household tasks, we offer a wide array of caregiver services designed to help make the lives of seniors and their family members easier and more fulfilled.