Healthy Lifestyle Recommendations

Living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best things you can do as an aging adult. Nutrition is an important factor in well-being throughout your lifespan. There are several preventable risk factors for developing dementia including Diabetes, obesity and vascular disease. To learn more about healthy nutrition visit CHOOSEMYPLATE. Below is a list of recommendations to improve overall health as you age.

Healthy Lifestyle

  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Engaging in regular physical activity – 30 minutes a day of exercise that raises your heart rate and makes you breath harder
  • Strength training to help maintain muscle mass and good nutrition can prevent cognitive decline, frailty and delay care dependency
  • Pay attention to medication side effects and the reaction of multiple medications
  • Refraining from tobacco use, excessive alcohol use and drugs

Cognitive Activity

  • Social interaction is a great way to keep your mind sharp
  • Continue to challenge your thinking skills throughout your life
  • Keep stress, depression and anxiety down to a minimum

Sleep Cycle

  • Try to keep a routine time that you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning
  • Avoid napping or keep it to one time a day at a routine time
  • Avoid large meals, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine use close to bedtime
  • If you exercise make sure to do it several hours before you will be going to sleep

Supportive environments

  • The availability of safe and accessible public buildings and transport will help keep people independent and active for longer
  • Having environments that are easy to walk around, are safe and easy to get to will help enable people to do what is important to them, despite a loss of function