A new year means a chance to create unique and healthy habits that will help you enjoy the year to the fullest. As we move into 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic still significantly affects our daily lives. Especially for the more at-risk population — such as the senior population — taking precautions to stay healthy in this new year is essential. So make sure that this year you make senior health a top priority.
So, how can you help improve the home care for your elderly loved ones and help them stay healthy this year? To help you with this crucial task, we have created a list of healthy habits that both caregivers and seniors alike can use to stay healthy in this new year.
Wash Your Hands
The COVID-19 pandemic has completely upset our daily routines and served as a source of anxiety for many of us. However, because of the constant exposure to terrible sicknesses, many beneficial and healthy habits have become extremely important — especially washing hands frequently.
As we get older, exposure to viruses and common colds can become way more threatening, and as such, making sure to thoroughly and frequently wash your hands becomes more important than ever.
Reach Out to Friends and Family
The past few years have been incredibly isolating. Especially for the elderly population, visiting relatives and friends was not easy in 2020 and 2021. While maybe safe in-person interaction with family and friends might not be possible for you at this time, it is essential to have meaningful interactions with loved ones.
Luckily, there are ways to reach out to friends and family that are safe and still extremely meaningful. Even if you cannot have in-person meetings with your loved ones, there are many different options for virtual conversations. From Zoom to FaceTime, there are many different ways that you can interact with your loved ones if it is unsafe to meet in person.
Make Healthy Eating Choices
One significant part of staying healthy is maintaining a nutritious diet. Unfortunately, it can be easy to overlook eating healthy in senior living, mainly because preparing healthy meals requires more attention.
However, making an effort to eat healthier poses incredible benefits to senior health. Finding ways to incorporate more fiber, calcium, and vitamins into your diet are simple ways that you can drastically improve your overall health.
Exercise Doesn’t Have to Be a Big Commitment.
While we often hear that 30 minutes a day of exercise is the “right” amount, in reality, that isn’t an option for everyone. Because of this is why, here, we suggest just committing to 10 minutes of exercise a day. These 10 minutes do not have to be intense — they can be something as simple as going for a walk, doing yoga, guided exercises, or swimming. The point is to commit to just 10 minutes a day of getting your body moving.
Keep Your Brain in Shape!
But exercising your body’s muscles aren’t the only things that benefit from being active! The brain is an incredible organ that requires just as much attention as the rest of your body to maintain mental health and memory.
Whether you are playing fun brain games that stimulate your memory, or you are simply making sure to engage in active conversations that stimulate your brain, working your brain as well as your body is a fantastic way to stay healthy this year.
Make Sure to Rest Up
Making sure to get enough sleep is often overlooked. However, good rest goes hand in hand with good health. And often, the quality of your sleep directly reflects the quality of your health.
So, along with improving your diet and activity level, making sure that you are getting enough good quality sleep is essential to maintaining a healthy new year.
Self Care Is Essential
One of the most important things about maintaining a healthy mind and body is understanding the need for self-care. While it has been becoming more and more popular over the years, there is still often a stigma associated with “self-care” or an assumption that practicing good self-care is being “needy.” This could not be further from the truth.
Everyone needs a break, and everyone needs time to check in with themselves before checking in with others. This means that self-care for seniors and caregivers is vital to staying healthy this year.
Have a Positive Mindset!
A positive mindset is essential to achieving an amazing healthy new year. Whether you are implementing a new, more nutritious diet, making sure to be active every day, or anything else, it all starts with a positive mindset. A positive attitude will help you through any challenges and obstacles you might encounter this year. And that is why maintaining a positive mindset is essential to making sure that your 2022 is as healthy as it can be.
A new year is an opportunity for new healthy habits, but it can also be challenging to navigate these new habits for seniors, their families, and their caregivers. Family Always First Home Care works to provide the resources and information that caregivers and families need to help make this year the best it can be. For more information on how FAFHC can help, check out our website.