March 22 2019
The people of the baby boomer generation have become senior citizens. The 78 million people who were born between 1946 and 1964 are redefining what senior living looks like, however. Long gone are the days of sitting on the porch with a glass of sweet tea from sunup to sundown. Baby boomer senior citizens are more active than their parents once were, and most want to continue that activity as they age.
In order to continue senior living at its finest, here are 6 ways that baby boomers can stay healthy enough to enjoy senior living to the fullest.
1) Eat healthily. Maintaining proper weight is important for senior citizens. Chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes are affected by obesity. Eat a well-rounded diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat protein to help keep you in check as the years continue.
2) Stay active. You don’t have to hit the gym five nights a week for two hours. You just need to keep moving. Walking is an excellent low-impact way to keep in shape, as is yoga, tai-chi, and swimming.
3) Get sleep. Good quality sleep is important for the health of your aging body. Stay on a sleep schedule of going to bed and getting up at the same time to help regulate your internal clock. Speak to your physician about issues that affect your sleep, like sleep apnea or insomnia.
4) Quit habits. If you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol in excess, get help to quit. The impact on your physical health will take a toll as you age. Both have been tied to heart disease, stroke, and the development of certain cancers.
5) Keep appointments. See your doctor regularly for routine health checkups and screenings that can help you prevent illnesses. Take your doctor’s advice to manage your cancer and heart disease risk. See your eye doctor and audiologist to prevent vision and hearing loss. And don’t put off seeing the doctor if you have any nagging health issues that won’t go away.
6) Lighten up. If your home is becoming more of a burden than a pleasure, downsize into a smaller place. We offer many living options to baby boomers who are looking to spend their greatest years in a senior living community that embraces their freedom. If staying healthy and happy is a priority, take the steps to make it happen in a place you love.