Recent studies show that once we hit age 40, we can lose up to ½ inch every 10 years. While height loss as we age may be inevitable there are some things that can be done to prevent it. Here are some tips to protect your senior loved one from height loss.
It can be challenging to stay active as we age, However, finding a hobby that motivates you to keep busy and move not only can prevent height loss but also offers a host of other health benefits. Here are some hobby suggestions that can help you get physical:
- Volunteering for your favorite charity
Exercising is paramount to keep your bones and overall health in tip-top shape. Although physical activity may prove to be challenging for seniors, there are some light and low impact exercises that are conducive to those with limited mobility. Here are some examples:
- Chair exercises
- Light yoga
- Mini golf
Feed Your Bones
It is essential to have the right amount of calcium and incorporate healthy foods in our diet as we age, Lack of calcium in your diet can cause bones to weaken. The weaker the bones, the more at risk for height loss. Taking a calcium supplement and eating the following calcium-rich foods are good for your bones:
- Sunflower seeds
- Sweet potatoes
- Butternut squash
Keep in mind that before taking any supplements you should consult with your doctor first to ensure it’s the right health choice for you.
Stop Smoking and Reduce Alcohol Intake
You’ve probably heard that smoking stunts your growth — well, it’s true. Compound that with excessive alcohol intake and your bones won’t be as strong as they should be. Smoking and drinking make it very difficult for your body to absorb the calcium that it needs to keep your bones healthy — so it’s never too late to stop smoking and limiting your alcohol intake.
The Arbors Assisted Living encourages our residents to live a healthy and active lifestyle. We welcome you to visit our community and find out how we can assist your senior loved one. Contact us today to schedule a tour!