Wellness Wednesday – The Best Tips for Health in Spring

In the article Senior Wellness: The Best Tips for Health in Spring, author Melissa Woodward offer advice on how you can rejuvenate your life this spring, after a long winter:

Take Yourself in for a Tune Up. To keep your body running at peak performance, it needs regular maintenance: a spring tune-up, so to speak. Get your weight, blood pressure, and glucose and cholesterol levels checked out by your primary-care physician, who can also book you for other relevant tests. In addition, if it’s been a year since your eyes were tested, schedule an appointment with your optometrist, and see your dentist if you haven’t been examined for at least six to nine months. Finally, if you are finding it difficult to catch what people are saying, especially in a crowd of people, it’s probably time to get your hearing tested.

Lighten Up Your Diet. Many healthy fruits and veggies, like asparagus, peas, lettuce, and strawberries come into season in the spring, making it the perfect time to replace heavier winter meals with salads, light soups or other lightly cooked fare. In fact, cut down your chances of developing conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis, by making a complete dietary overhaul. Consider cutting down on red meat and processed foods, replacing white flour with whole grain flour, and increasing your intake of produce as well as healthy fats such as olive oil and avocados. Remember that you should never undertake a new diet or exercise plan without consulting your doctor about what will be safe for your current level of health.

Read the rest: Senior Wellness: The Best Tips for Health in Spring

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DAYNA WILSON: As a real estate agent I have been working with homebuyers and sellers throughout the East Bay communities of Layfayette, Moraga, Orinda and Walnut Creek since 2009. As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

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Wellness Wednesday – Take The Heart-Smart Menu Quiz

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What’s worse for your ticker: a hot dog or a hamburger? What’s healthier: a spinach salad or one made from kale? AARP has teamed up with the experts at the American Heart Association to uncover amazingly simple swaps that will boost your health – effortlessly.

Think you know which is best for you? Take the AARP-AHA menu quiz now to find out.

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DAYNA WILSON: As a real estate agent I have been working with homebuyers and sellers throughout the East Bay communities of Layfayette, Moraga, Orinda and Walnut Creek since 2009. As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582

Wellness Wednesday – What Kinds of Foods Do I Need to Eat as I Age?

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Adults over the age of 50 have different dietary needs from those of younger adults.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has published Health Tips for Older Adults, a web-based publication that offers tips on health and wellness for older adults.

According to NIH, “When you get older, your body begins to need fewer calories, but you need just as many nutrients. Nutrient-dense foods pack a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs into a small amount of calories.

Eat more of these nutrient-dense foods

Older adults, along with other Americans, are advised to “eat from the rainbow” of foods rich in nutrients, like these:

– fruits and vegetables (choose a range of types with vibrant colors)
– whole grains, like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and brown rice
– fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese, or soy or rice milk that is fortified with vitamin D and calcium
– seafood, lean meats, poultry, and eggs
– beans, nuts, and seeds

Eat less of these foods

Some foods have many calories but offer few nutrients. Older adults should eat less of these foods:

– sugar-sweetened drinks and desserts that have added sugars
– foods with butter, shortening, or other fats that are solid at room temperature
– white bread, rice, and pasta made from refined grains.”

Discover more tips at Health Tips for Older Adults.

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DAYNA WILSON: As a Certified Senior Housing Professional (CSHP) , I have special knowledge about everything from reverse mortgages to the importance of universal design. I can tap into my network and put you in touch with my team of qualified home inspectors, movers, attorneys, CPAs, organizers and other experts. I have all the resources and knowledge to simplify the transaction and eliminate the anxiety of selling your home.

Call me today to talk about your real estate concerns. I’m here to listen: 925.788.6582