Choosing Healthy as we Age

Choosing healthy as we age
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Choosing health as we age

Choosing healthy as we age…

What exactly does “choosing health as we age” mean? Well, it means taking care of your body and mind, staying active, eating healthy and using your mind can be very powerful and play a huge role in our lives, especially as we age.

Taking care of your body PHYSICALLY

This means exercise. I don’t know about you but for me, exercise has never been one of those things I love doing, but have realized how important it is, and how much better I feel after moving my body. Now does this mean you have to go to the gym and lift weights or run like you did when you were 25? No. Exercise could be something as simple as going for a walk around your neighborhood or doing laps around your local mall. Exercise for you could look like going to the local YMCA and taking a class or swimming. I know our local YMCA here in Cheyenne has specific programs for seniors like Silver Sneakers. Exercising could look like going hiking, or running if that’s what you enjoy. Just move your body! It’s good for you! If you need help getting out and about, we are happy to help, we will even go on a walk with you!

Taking care of your body MENTALLY

Mental health is huge no matter our age, but especially for seniors! There can be many changes and frustrations with aging, including feeling like you have less freedom, or no one is listening to your needs and wants. There can also be frustration with the fact that you might not be able to do all of the things you used to. Let me tell you about our sister company, LIV Health, who can help with all of the things mentioned above and so much more. LIV Health provides in-home (yep you saw right) in-home and community based mental health services and case management. That means they come to you, right in the comfort of your home, nursing home, assisted living facility, the local library, coffee shop, where ever is most convenient for you. They have a team of highly trained mental health therapists, psychologists and case managers who are ready to help you whenever you need it. Learn more about them by clicking the button below. And, I should also mention they take all types of insurances including Medicare and Medicaid, offer a sliding fee scale and payment plans.

Eating healthy

And yes this means drinking water. I don’t know about you but I don’t love drinking water, but I have quickly realized that I feel so much better when I drink my water every day…even though I don’t love it. Eating healthy also means choosing healthy meal options. This can include meal planning and prepping, which we, here at LIV More would be more than happy to help you with, but that also includes knowing how much to eat, making sure you eating and changing up the veggies you eat. This can also include reading and understanding the labels on the foods that you’re buying.

So, first, let’s talk about portion size

I’ve made a pretty picture to look at, especially since I’m a visual person. Print this off if it will help you. I’ll include a link below.

The suggestion portions sizes are for the 50 or older following the Health U.S. Eating Patterns and suggested by the National Institute on Aging. In their article, “Serving and Portions Sized: How Should I Eat?” they talk about the difference between a “serving size” and a “portion size.” A serving size is a standard amount of food, such as a cup or an ounce. “Serving sized can help when choosing foods and comparing like items while grocery shopping, but serving sizes are not recommendations for how much of a certain food to eat.”

The term “portion size” means how much of a food you are served or how much you eat. These can vary, and can especially be an issue when eating out. The National Institute on Aging suggests ordering one or two small appetizers instead of one large entree or sharing an entree with a friend. Or eat half and take the leftovers home.

Read their full article here.

Print our portion size chart here.

Next, reading nutrition labels

Reading the nutrition labels on the food you buy can help you make informed food choices, also make sure to check the dates on the food you are purchasing, and on the food, you already have on hand. Nutrition labels have the ingredients listed as well as the suggested serving size, the total number of servings as well as the nutritional information such as total fat, cholesterol, sodium, etc. These are all important things to look at and take note of, especially if you’re trying to eat healthily.

Keeping our minds healthy

Everything changes as we age. Including our mind. Our brain’s volume gradually shrinks and can lose connections with other nerve cells. Our blood flow within our brains can slow as well. Here are some tips for staying mentally sharp from everydayhealth.com.

  1. Control cholesterol problems and high blood pressure. These things can increase our risk of heart disease and stroke.
  2. Don’t smoke or drink excessively. These 2 things can make you more at risk for dementia.
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Eat a healthy diet.
  5. Stimulate your brain. Learn new skills, read a book, do puzzles, take a class. this can help to keep your mind active.
  6. Socialize. Spending time with family and friends is not only good for your brain but good for your soul. If you have trouble getting to social events or don’t have family/friends near, give us a call, those are all things we can help with!

At LIV More, if you don’t already know we provide in-home concierge (personal assistant) services including light housekeeping, meal prep, socialization, help with laundry and more. We can also help with money management, like budgeting and paying bills. We will also help get you to where you need or want to go with our transportation service.

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