A senior man jogging outdoors in a park

Keeping happy, healthy, and active as a senior can be a challenge if you aren’t sure how to get started. For those seniors who are making the switch from living on their own to moving to a senior living community, that adjustment is even more profound. 

Our senior apartments in Madison Heights, MI are a great place to get active and get social, but not every senior may see the importance of doing so. It’s surprising how many seniors don’t know that staying active and staying on top of their health can make all of the difference when you’re trying to live your best life as a senior!

Trying to figure out how to best take care of yourself as you age? Let us help! Here are some tips to get you started:


1. Stay Active

Staying active is one of the best ways that seniors can maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle as they age. Even if it is only a light exercise regimen, doing daily exercises can help you maintain your balance, help keep your mobility high, and even combat potential symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Regular exercise is also of vital importance to help manage some chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. Even a little exercise can make a huge difference in your health – you’d be surprised!


2. Keep Social

Staying involved with friends and family is one of the hardest things to do as a senior but is arguably the most important out of all. Maintaining an active social life is important not only because it keeps you busy and entertained but also because it can help you with your mental health. Seniors who are more socially active are more likely to have more positive moods, fewer negative feelings, and higher levels of physical activity. That’s a win-win!


3. Keep a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is the key to maintaining a healthy weight and to lower your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Keeping a well-balanced and well-rounded diet can give you extra energy and can even boost your mood!

One of the benefits to senior living is that it’s easier to maintain a healthy diet. Our senior apartments in Madison Heights, MI offer chef-prepared meals in a stylish dining room, making eating a healthy and well-balanced meal a no-brainer. With easy access to delicious food like this, it’ll be easy (and tasty!) to stay on top of your diet.

A happy senior couple cooking at the senior apartments in Madison Heights, MI

4. Stay on Top of Your Health

No one likes going to the doctor, but staying on top of your regular doctor’s visits can help you catch a problem before it becomes a bigger problem. Even though it’s not any fun, going to your primary care doctor, dentist, eye doctor, or any specialist healthcare provider can give you insight into issues that may become bigger problems later on. What’s better is that these doctors may also be able to provide you with preventative care to potentially keep these issues from developing!

If you don’t go to these regular doctor’s appointments, you’ll never know what may be happening in your body that you might not notice right away. Neglecting your own personal care can be detrimental to a happy, healthy, long life!


5. Take Your Medication

This is another tip that isn’t fun but is necessary to ensure that you stay happy and healthy. If your doctor prescribes you medication, whether it be a short-term antibiotic or a long-term preventative care medication, you need to take it. Yes, really. 

If your doctor prescribes you medication, it’s for a reason. Maybe your doctor noticed that you have an irregular heart rhythm and prescribed you a preventative care medication to help alleviate the issue, or you may be taking medication for an entirely different reason. Whatever that reason is, your doctor probably has a game plan that needs your participation to succeed. 

However, it’s important to remember that doctors are not all-knowing. You need to communicate with them. If you’re taking your medications and you start to notice some irregular symptoms, speak to your primary care doctor. Over time, the effects of medications may weaken or change, so it’s important to speak with your doctor if you feel like something isn’t quite right. 

It’s also extremely important to keep on your medication regimen and to not stop or start taking any medications unless approved by your doctor. Any change to your medication may have an adverse effect on your health, so speak to your doctor or your pharmacist before adding any kind of medication, prescribed or otherwise, to your medication rotation.


6. Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Other than keeping your teeth and gums healthy, did you know that practicing good dental hygiene might be able to help you reduce the risk of other inflammatory diseases like diabetes and heart disease? It’s true! Not only will your gums and teeth be healthier, your heart might benefit from it too!

When you brush your teeth, it’s important to keep to a solid routine. Brush your teeth twice a day – once in the morning and once at night – with a soft bristled brush. Pair your regular teeth-brushing routine with a good mouthwash and floss, and your teeth will thank you. 


Reserve at Red Run

Here at Reserve at Red Run, we want all of our seniors living in our senior apartments in Madison Heights, MI to live their lives to the fullest. Our chef prepared meals give you easy access to a well-balanced and healthy diet. Our wide range of activities can help to keep you both social and active; with many classes every day to choose from, you’ll never be short on something to do and someone to do it with. We want to make sure that you’re having the time of your life, because you, more than anyone, have earned it!

If you’re interested in making Reserve at Red Run your new home, we’d love to have you. Contact us to schedule an appointment for more information today!