Senior health is an important part of aging. How seniors live their days is an integral part of staying healthy.
Social interaction is essential in staying fit. Eating a frozen dinner in front of the television is not considered a form of social interaction. Attending a luncheon for retired folks or going to a senior center might not be your idea of fun, but the benefits are crucial to your well being.
Senior centers are not just a place to eat. They offer games, computer training, and fellowship. The Faulkner County Senior Center in Conway, Arkansas, offers bean baseball games, senior bus trips, trips to the Doctor, and a monthly shopping trip. Their buses will pick up people to bring them to the Center to enjoy all of these other activities.
The local hospital, and those in the larger town of Little Rock, offer free health clinics. The day is filled with free blood pressure checks, bone density tests, and glucose testing. There are seminars to inform seniors of the latest in medical technology. There are usually door prizes awarded. Some of these events offer a free breakfast.
Seniors should check their blood pressure daily. Blood pressure spikes can cause strokes, etc.
If you are a diabetic, check your sugar as advised by your doctor.
Choose a family Doctor. This should be a physician that you trust with your life. If you don’t like your doctor, you will not feel confident with his advice.
If you take medicine, take it faithfully as prescribed. Do not skip doses.
Exercise is essential to good health. Check with your doctor before you start an exercise program.
Eat healthily. Don’t eat junk food and wasted calories. The Senior centers offer balanced meals, and that is another reason to eat there.
Try to keep your weight in check. Obesity is the cause of many diseases. Eating good food and consuming less calories is an important way to stay healthy.
Get a pet. Pets help people because they give the feeling that you are not alone. It does not have to be a dog or cat. It can be just a small table aquarium of fish. Fish are easy to care for and very inexpensive to own.
Keep busy during the day. This means talking on the phone, doing a little housework, or just a little craft project. This will give you the opportunity to make the time go faster during the day. Boredom is the cause of many moods of depression among Seniors.
If you know of someone who cannot get out and enjoy companionship, visit with them. It will lift the moods of both parties.
References: Faulkner County Senior Citizen Center, Conway, Arkansas