History tells us that mythical tales of a “Fountain of Youth” have been around since at least the 15th century. Reality tells us that while such a thing doesn’t exist, there are ways to increase our lifespan and, more importantly, increase the quality of that longer life. Regular exercise (of your body and mind) can help you stay fit and independent as you age, as well as contribute to a faster recovery and management from illness and injury.
Santa Ana’s South Coast Post Acute is the Number One choice for people searching for skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy, post-hospital care or post-acute care following a hospital stay. We are dedicated to one overarching goal: offering intensive medical and physical rehabilitation care for residents recovering after a hospital stay. One way we do that is by working with clients on a consistent basis to help them live longer, more productive lives. South Coast Post Acute offers a few realistic ways to add to your senior years:
Stay active! Choose activities you find interesting and manageable – you’re more likely to stick to an exercise regimen if it’s fun. One important caveat: always make sure you check with your physician before starting a new exercise routine, especially if you’ve been sedentary for a long time or suffer from obesity or a chronic illness. Begin slowly and aim for small improvements and keep motivated by tracking progress in a diary. Make exercise a social event, by inviting friends to participate with you. Improve your heart and lung fitness by incorporating moderate exercise into your regular routine. Strive for activity that makes you breathe hard but doesn’t leave you feeling breathless.
Include some balance and coordination exercises in your regular routine, to help reduce your risk of falls, one of the leading causes of serious health issues among the older adult population. South Coast recently added the Biodex Balance System SD to our arsenal of tools designed to improve balance, increase agility, develop muscle tone and treat a wide variety of pathologies.
Eat better. Because your digestive system slows as you age, incorporating high-fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your daily diet is more important than ever. Seniors are more prone to dehydration, so you should drink plenty of water to stay energized and sharp.
Prevention is key. Keep up with your preventive care visits, including health screenings for cholesterol levels, colon cancer, and heart problems. Make sure you get vaccinations that can help prevent influenza and pneumonia.
Get your rest. Getting enough sleep can add years to your life.
Don’t forget your mental health. Try doing crossword puzzles, reading, writing and other hobbies to stimulate your mind and engage with the world around you.
Stay connected – socialize. Spending time with old and new friends, as well as family and grandchildren, helps seniors feel connected, especially if they have mobility issues.
Go to the dentist regularly. You may not realize that many mouth infections can be linked to serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Plus your risk for cavities increases with age, so make sure you see your dentist at least twice a year.
We relentlessly strive to earn our reputation as the post-acute community of choice for patients, providers, and caregivers in Southern California. Contact South Coast Post Acute today to learn more about Santa Ana’s choice for skilled nursing, rehabilitation therapy, post-hospital care or post-acute care.
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