Visit the dentist. Good oral
hygiene is important to overall
health and can reduce the risk of
illness elsewhere in the body, such
as heart disease and stroke.
Pass on the salt. Your body needs
sodium, the main nutrient in table
salt, but too much can increase
the risk of a stroke, heart attack or
kidney disease. Dietary guidelines
recommend reducing your sodium
intake after 50 and again at 70.
See the story Oversalted in the
Fall 2011 issue at applemag.ca.
Limit alcohol. As we age, we
process alcohol more slowly and
become more sensitive to its effects.
The Canadian Centre on Substance
Abuse recommends men have fewer
than 15 drinks a week and women
have fewer than 10.
10 Maintain a healthy weight. Body
mass index (BMI) gauges your risk of
developing health problems. A healthy
BMI reduces your risk of uterine, breast,
prostate and colorectal cancer plus
a number of other diseases such as
diabetes. Ask your health-care provider
what’s right for you.
Stop, look, and listen. Older
adults need a little more time to
process information. In traffic
especially, remember the safety
basics—whether driving or walking,
make sure the way is clear before
crossing the street.
6 Manage your pain. Life comes with
aches and pains, but they needn’t stop
you from leading and enjoying an active
lifestyle. Learning techniques to manage
the frustration and fatigue of pain can
help control chronic conditions.