Diet and exercise, for example, are paramount in staying healthy. But for many seniors, an added benefit is improvement in overall wellbeing. And it may be surprising to learn that diet and exercise also play an important role in disease prevention. Osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, dementia, depression and certain cancers may be prevented or at least slowed down in seniors by simply eating right and staying active.
Additional lifestyle modifications that can lead to a healthier life in seniors include:
- Going to your primary care physician regularly
- Reviewing your list of medications with your doctor often
- Maintaining a routine sleep schedule
- Using skin moisturizers and sunscreen
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Not smoking
- Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day
- Visiting a dentist at least once a year
- Following recommendations for health screening and preventive tests
- Routinely engaging in social activities
- Taking vacations
With so many issues to consider for healthy aging, you need easy access to comprehensive care. And multidisciplinary primary care that is customized to your needs and life stage is something you should be able to count on. That’s why we created our Senior Health Program – to ensure that you always get personalized care and access to resources you need for your changing health needs.
The board-certified elder care specialists at our Senior Health Program provide the best care - and so much more. Our appointments are longer, and we offer same day access, so you get the personal attention you need - when you need it. From helping you stay well to coordinating with an extended team of specialists, our Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) ensure that you get exceptional and comprehensive care for your specific needs.
The Senior Health Program is the patient-centered resource you need for better health management, and get a list of the important health checks covered by Medicare.
This article first appeared in the August/September 2015 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.