Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Lifestyle tips to unleash the power of age
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Americans are living longer than ever before. And healthy seniors can look forward to many years of active life, thanks to the ability to repair or replace damaged joints, remove cataracts, treat heart problems, and other medical advances.
A healthy lifestyle and good medical care can help keep the mind, like the body, active and well. Here are eight ways to keep your mind and body as sharp as possible.
1. Stay Physically Active
By keeping your heart, lungs, and blood vessels healthy, exercise helps ensure that all parts
of the body, including brain cells, receive the oxygen and nutrients they need. In home planned
movement (chair exercises) or weekly therapeutic specialist appointments to help keep you
moving are important. Staying active daily is essential to unleashing the power of age.
2. Challenge Your Mind
The old saying “use it or lose it” applies to our brain and muscles alike. Keep yourself focused
and always learning new things. Daily reading, music, art and conversations with others will
keep you more challenged and unleash the power of age.
3. Eat a Diet Abundant in Fruits and Vegetables
For a healthy brain, antioxidants such as vitamin C, E, and A are especially important. Shop
for a variety of ingredients and have caregivers provide support with nutritiously prepared foods.
Contact BayPath Elder Services at 508-573-7200 for nutrition education materials to support
your health management and unleash the power of age.
4. Control Blood Pressure, Maintain Normal Blood Sugar Levels, Keep Cholesterol
See your primary physician as often as needed. Ask them to review your lab values with you
and to discuss any medication needs. Set goals to achieve normal levels if elevated and follow
up to review your program progress to unleash the power of age.
5. Stay Connected With Friends and Family
For a healthy, happy, and longer life it’s extremely important to take advantage of senior
community centers, senior companions, and neighbors and friends to stay connected. Call to
request the newsletter from your community senior center. It is full of opportunities for new
connections to unleash the power of age.