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Healthy ageing

We all want to keep ourselves healthy.

Drinking lots of fluids, eating a balanced diet and regular exercise are all good for a healthy lifestyle. We want you to stay happy, healthy and independent.

 

Mindful living

The following six pieces of advice act as a guide that you can incorporate into your own life.

Keeping fit:

Regardless of your fitness level, it’s never too late to get moving and get some sort of daily exercise into your life. This doesn’t have to be a workout routine, but a 30-minute walk or even a few strengthening exercises, anything that helps raise your heartbeat.

Keeping your home easily accessible:

Wearing the right slippers or footwear can be the difference between controlling your mobility or not. Here are a few top tips to make sure you are steady on your feet when going from room to room in your house:

  • Buy slippers with backs. Mules and backless slippers won’t grip the back of your feet to help prevent slips and falls.
  • Always ensure that you buy the correct shoe size for your feet. This may come as a surprise, but people will often borrow slippers and footwear from spouses or loved ones, which means they may be ill fitting and give no protection to your feet.
  • A slipper with a velcro fastening will make it easier for you to keep them on your feet.
  • If you are going away, then pack them into your luggage. Ensuring you’re stable on your feet isn’t just exclusive to your home.

Connecting with people, friends and family:

If you feel as though your mental health could help with a boost or that you need to escape the house for some fresh air and exercise, then get in touch with your friends or join a group or club to make new connections.

Brain training:

Keeping yourself mentally alert is just as important as physical activity. Reading and doing the crossword in the paper, are all ways of helping to keep your brain alert and stimulated.

Food and drink:

Water is one of the single most important fluids you should drink throughout the day. Not only will water help to quench your thirst, it will also help with a multitude of other benefits, which include:

  • increased concentration levels
  • lubrication for the joints
  • it cushions the brain, spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • maintains blood pressure

Be alert to signs of infection:

As we get older our immunity to infections decreases and we are left vulnerable and open to catching viruses and bacterial infections.

 

For more detailed information and guidance, head to https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/healthy-ageing

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