Maintaining good health is a priority for everyone, but it’s especially critical for seniors. Older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions than younger ones. Further, they may be more susceptible to developing other issues. Seniors who embraced healthy habits earlier in life may find it relatively easy to maintain them, but others may need to start developing positive health behaviors. Fortunately, there are numerous ways for seniors to help protect

Mental health is another priority for seniors. Keeping the brain agile and engaged could help prevent a decline in mental ability. Making time for activities such as reading, writing, doing crossword puzzles, learning a new language and engaging in challenging hobbies should be emphasized. Staying physically active helps alleviate anxiety and depression. Exercise can also reduce the risk of developing health problems, as can staying connected with friends and family.

Seniors who have recently been hospitalized may face additional challenges when they return home. The accompanying resource provides helpful strategies for caregivers.

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