It’s been said that human beings are creatures of habit. We are wired to want security. A habit is a groove that gets ingrained in our brain so it becomes familiar and when something becomes habitual, it’s almost effortless. Some say that it takes 21 days to form a habit, but when people tried putting the 21-day theory into practice, it didn’t work. In actuality, the time it takes to form a habit depends on one’s personality and circumstances.
In this article, the staff at Home Care Assistance in Placer County, CA shines some light on the best and worst daily habits for seniors. And when it comes to setting healthy habits, having the support, encouragement and guidance from a live-in caregiver can certainly help.
- Being Glued to the Tube – While watching television can be fun, intriguing, and informative, it’s not truly fulfilling. Although it can serve as a time-filler or companion, there are more rewarding ways to spend our time.
- Settling into your Comfy Seat – “Sitting disease” as it’s called by many can lead to other serious ailments such as cardiac disease and diabetes. It can also result in a shorter life. Those who sit for more than 6 hours a day have a shorter lifespan than those who sit for less than 3 hours.
- Holding onto Grudges – Studies show that harboring ongoing resentment increases the risk for heart disease.The health hazards of holding a grudge also include an impaired immune system, hair loss, wrinkles, pain disorders, stomach ulcers, elevated heart rate, and high blood pressure. People who hold grudges tend to be sicker than those who keep the peace.
- Unhealthy Food – “Gluey” foods are those that increase cholesterol. One of the problems with high cholesterol is that it’s a “silent disease.” You have no clear signs of it except by blood testing. Those with high levels of LDL, the lethal cholesterol, are at a much greater risk of heart attack, stroke, angina, and peripheral vascular disease. Seniors should avoid unhealthy fats to reduce their bad cholesterol.
- Never-ending Grumbling – Chronic complaining is a bad habit that not only drains the complainer but also those around them. Constantly finding fault with our life leads to anxiety and depression. Complaining also makes things worse than they really are because it emphasizes the negatives.
- Holding onto Hobbies – An fun hobby can be a great outlet for exercise and creativity.Doing puzzles and brain games can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Knitting, tatting, and crocheting get the creative juices flowing. Seniors can even try their hand at indoor gardening!
- Regular Exercise – The Seated Whole Body Pedaler is an exercise machine that can be used from a chair and is just one example of a senior-friendly device. Chair exercise can also be performed with the use of videos. The “Sit and Be Fit 2-DVD Set” is conducted by a registered nurse, who seniors through an easy, fun exercise routine. The exercises are specifically designed for people with limited mobility.
- Forgive& Forget – It’s important for adults of all ages to learn to forgive those that are close to them. The benefits of forgivenessinclude decreased stress, depression, and frustration. By forgiving, we do ourselves a favor.
- Healthy Eating – Now that you’ve read the laundry list of bad-for-you foods, let’s cover the great foods that promote health. It’s a good idea for senior adults to incorporate healthy amounts of soluble fiber, omega-3 fatty, mono- and polyunsaturated fats, green and black tea, and tomatoes.
- Be Grateful – Being habitually grateful has many benefits. It keeps us motivated, productive, and energetic. It always helps to try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
We provided this list of good and bad habits because the live-in caregivers in Placer County at Home Care Assistance genuinely care about their senior clients’ well-being and quality of life. We want to see elderly adults in Granite Bay, CA, live an abundant and healthy life. For that reason, we offer quality in-home care services at any hour of the day or night. Schedule a free in-home consultation to learn more about our personalized senior care plans by calling 916.226.3737!