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Please share what healthy lifestyle changes you have made.

Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of a healthy life for seniors. Participating in regular exercise and adhering to a healthy diet can have a noticeable impact in general well-being.Conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression, and some cancers can be prevented or more easily treated in seniors with good diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications.Important life style modifications other than diet and exercise to promote senior health include:Moderate alcohol use, not more than one drink per daySmoking cessationSun protection and skin moisturizersRoutine dental care with brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visitsRegular primary care doctor visits and review of medication list, side effects, and drug interactionsInvolvement in health care decisions and development of advance directivesHealth care screening, preventive measures, and vaccinations (immunizations)Eye doctor and foot doctor visits for individuals with diabetesAdequate sleep and good sleep hygieneSocial activities and vacationsSome seniors do well because they still enjoy work or volunteering
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I would like to add that play and reading are two major activities that helps in boosting mental stimulation and cognitive skills among individuals. Elderly people often do not have people their own age to engage in such activities at home, therefore it would be best to place them in assisted living facilities, where they get the opportunity to engage in debates and other socializing activities with people their own age.
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