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Wellness for Older Adults

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Living a healthy lifestyle can impact both your lifespan and quality of life, says the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

But regardless of your age, the NIDDK emphasizes that it is never too late to be good to your mind and body.

The agency encourages older adults to:

  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • Select high-fiber foods.
  • Have three daily servings of vitamin D-fortified low-fat or fat-free dairy.
  • Drink plenty of water or water-based fluids.
  • Fit physical activity into your life.
  • Stay connected with family, friends and your community.

Fatigue in Older Adults

For older adults, being tired here and there may be common, says the National Institute on Aging. Illness, medication, emotional distress, poor sleep habits, alcohol and junk food are some of the many possible causes of fatigue.

To feel less tired, the agency suggests that older adults:

  • Keep a fatigue diary to find patterns.
  • Exercise moderately and regularly.
  • Avoid naps of more than 30 minutes.
  • Ask for help if you feel swamped.
  • Stop smoking.

If you feel tired for several weeks with no relief, contact your doctor.