Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Pamphlet: Healthy Aging

This pamphlet simplifies the topic of healthy aging with the above topics.

Staying Fit:  This involves being active most days by getting in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise.  This should be a lifestyle of working in the yard, walking etc.  Your activity should include stretching, strengthening and aerobic activity.
Healthy Diet includes eating a variety of food, balance what you eat with physical activity, less saturated and trans fat, more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, limit sugar, moderate salt, and if you drink, moderation only.
Mental Wellness:  This is keeping your mind active.  The more active, the less chance of memory loss.  It is more necessary however to keep things in their place so you can find them, read regularly and play games, regular physical exercise will also help.  Depression can set in at an advanced age.  Stay in contact with friends and have a regular routine, in the winter try to get sun.
Medication Use:  Use medication wisely.  This includes talking to your doctor and learning about the drugs you take.
Tests and Checkups:  Regular tests should include blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis and colorectal cancer.  For women mammogram and Pap test.  For men prostrate cancer test.  Other checkups include teeth and gums, hearing and eye exam.
Preventing Falls:  Some ideas are to put things lower, wear good walking shoes, secure flooring, keep cords away from areas frequently walked, install handrails on both sides of the stairs, and secure the bathroom with suction bathmats, etc.

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