Getting older is inevitable, but with age comes enough wisdom to know that your senior years can be the best of your life. Staying mentally sharp, physically fit and emotionally healthy are all important – and self-care is at the centre of it all.
Here are seven simple ways to prioritize health and well-being in your golden years:

  1. Go for a walk
    It doesn’t matter how fast or how far you go at first; aim for half an hour at least five days a week.
  2. Keep your body hydrated
    Dry mouth is a common condition in seniors, and one that may be caused by medications or certain medical disorders. Drink plenty of water, sip broths and soups, consider a humidifier for your home and remember that both caffeine and alcohol can be dehydrating.
  3. Pay close attention to your nutrition – but enjoy a treat every now and then.
    Eat whole foods, make sure you’re getting enough protein, reduce the amount of sugar you consume and try to avoid saturated fats.
  4. Stay on top of your health-care appointments
    See your doctors, dentists and other specialists regularly to help all of you stay on top of your baseline health.
  5. Brush your teeth
    Did you know your gums naturally recede over time, exposing areas of the tooth that are not protected by enamel? Consider protecting your gums with a daily toothpaste that fights the bacteria that can cause early gum disease, such as Colgate PerioGardSF, which also helps prevent gum bleeding and inflammation, plaque build-up and even cavities.
  6. Be social
    Whether it’s visiting friends, playing with grandchildren or travelling, connecting with others may help reduce stress and keep your mental health in check.
  7. Try something new
    Learning new sports or picking up a new hobby could help you slow down cognitive decline.

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