Older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions than younger ones. Further, they may be more susceptible to developing other issues. Prioritizing sleep is important, as sleep quality tends to decrease with age. Having good sleep hygiene can help address this issue. Keeping bedrooms cool, dark and quiet and maintaining a regular nighttime routine also can support healthy sleep — as does avoiding alcohol and screen time before bed.
Good nutrition is critical. Seniors should choose a balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Limiting sources of empty calories (e.g., sweets and chips) is a good idea. Drinking plenty of water can reduce the risk of dehydration, which is common among older adults.
Seniors who have recently been hospitalized may face additional challenges when they return home. The accompanying resource provides helpful strategies for caregivers.
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