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8 Bad Habits Seniors Need to Break

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes increasingly important with age. However, breaking bad habits can be difficult for some seniors. Here are eight unhealthy habits seniors should quit if they want to enhance their quality of life. 

1. Smoking 

Using cigarettes or other tobacco products is particularly harmful for seniors, as it can increase their risk of lung disease, strokes, heart attacks, and cancer. For seniors who have been smoking for decades, giving up cigarettes can be challenging. They’ll need all the support they can get from family members, doctors, and caregivers, and they should consider joining support groups for smoking cessation.

Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted elder care provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide. Home Care Assistance is here to help.

2. Drinking Excessively

Having a glass of red wine a few times a week is good for cardiovascular health. However, excessive drinking can harm the liver, brain, and heart. Seniors should try to limit their alcohol intake. 

3. Living a Sedentary Lifestyle

Exercise is the key to living a long, healthy life, but many seniors spend more time on the sofa than in the gym. Sitting for long periods can lead to a number of health risks, ranging from high blood sugar to excess body fat. To break free from a sedentary lifestyle, seniors can simply walk around the block and make time for leisurely movement every 30 minutes. 

4. Using Too Much Technology

For some seniors, technology has become an important part of their lives, and spending too much time on the Internet can impact their brain health. Seniors who want to delay the onset of cognitive decline should avoid excessive Internet use. 

5. Overusing Painkillers 

Seniors who have arthritis or other chronic conditions often rely on medications like aspirin and ibuprofen to manage their pain. When used habitually, these painkillers can lead to high blood pressure, ulcers, and other health conditions. Even over-the-counter drugs should be taken under the supervision of doctors. 

Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Wellesley seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.

6. Eating High-Calorie Foods

Seniors should try to limit their intake of red meat, fried foods, and processed carbohydrates because these foods can harm cardiovascular health and lead to diabetes. Instead, they should add fruits, vegetables, and lean protein to their diets. 

7. Failing to Socialize 

Older adults with solitary lifestyles are at risk for depression and loneliness. Seniors who want to boost their emotional health should make an effort to connect with friends, family members, and people in their communities. 

8. Not Getting Enough Sleep 

It’s important for seniors to get eight hours of sleep every night because the brain consolidates memories while at rest. Seniors who are worried about memory loss should try to maintain consistent sleep patterns. If they have difficulty falling asleep at night, they should consult their doctors.

If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Wellesley home care. Our caregivers provide transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping. Call us at (781) 239-0060, speak with one of our professional Care Managers, and create a high-quality care plan for your loved one. 

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