Seven Tips for Seniors on Good Health

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Health Tips for Seniors

Tennessee Rural Health’s resident nurse of eight years, Candace Pullen, shares simple tips for healthy senior living:

  1. Evaluate your social network. Who needs a Grumpy Gus around, really? Studies have shown in senior adults a strong social network of positive and equally healthy friends can contribute to your health and well-being.
  2. If you smoke, quit. Smoking is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke and lower respiratory tract infections – all leading causes of death in those over 50 years of age.
  3. Eat a healthy diet. Eating a variety of foods from each food group will help you get the nutrients you need.
  4. Keep active. Exercising regularly is not only good for your body but also relieves stress.
  5. Watch your step. Most falls by the elderly involve hazards in the home. Keep walkways clear of clutter.
  6. Don’t forget your oral health. Gum disease may be a risk factor for stroke, heart and lung disease in older adults.
  7. Use sunscreen. Sun exposure is the main cause of skin damage.

For more healthy aging and living tips, visit trh.com and click on the Healthwise link on the bottom right of the page.

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