12 tips for staying healthy in later life
This guide contains a lot of information and suggestions on how to give yourself the best chance of enjoying good health for as long as possible.
Try to follow these 12 key steps:
1. If you smoke, get help to stop.
2. Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
3. Eat more fibre-rich foods, and less salty and fatty food – check food labels before you buy.
4. Eat fish twice a week – making sure that one portion is oily fish.
5. Keep to a healthy weight.
6. Stick to safe limits with alcohol – know how much you are drinking.
7. Stay active – whether it’s a hobby such as gardening, playing bowls or joining an exercise class.
8. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep.
9. Have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked regularly.
10. Have your eyes tested at least every two years (every year, once you are over 70).
11. Have a seasonal flu jab every year. It’s free once you reach 65, or if you have a health condition that puts you at risk of more serious problems if you get flu. If you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or are the carer of an older person whose welfare would be at risk if you fell ill, you are also eligible for a free flu jab.
12. Follow up on invitations to attend NHS screenings for breast, cervical and bowel cancer.
This article was written for You're the Boss by Jackie Bennett