Life changes as we get older — and this makes senior self-care a very important matter.

Many older adults focus their energy in various areas. They care for multiple generations of family, and work one or multiple jobs. But as the old saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Putting yourself first with self-care strategies helps you get more out of life and helps you be there for others.

The first priority is to be aware of your health needs. Regular checkups can help you get insights into your level of wellness. Use this opportunity to talk with your doctor about a proper diet that addresses your unique nutritional needs.

Seniors should also maintain a proper exercise regimen for a healthy body. Don’t forget the mind — a good hobby and regular social engagement will keep you sharp cognitively. Want to combine the workout, the pastime, and the outing with friends? Try group exercise.

Anyone who lives in an area with harsh winters should also prepare for the season so they can enjoy the snow and holidays in good health.

Finally, don’t forget to get enough sleep. It can be tempting to stay up late binging Netflix or reading on Kindle, but 7-9 hours of sleep is ideal for keeping you healthy in body and in mind.

When you have a proper diet, sleep schedule, exercise routine, and social life, you’ll have everything you need to care for yourself and love life as a senior.

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