The calendar says its Fall in Texas, and that means the air begins to get cooler, sweeter flavors become the preference, football has started back up, and decorations of warm colors are aplenty.  Here are five health tips that seniors can follow in order to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling fall.

1. EAT IN-SEASON

Take a trip to a local farmer’s market and buy vegetables and fruits that are in-season. Not only will these foods taste great, but you can enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. These benefits include diabetes prevention, hypertension control, and heart health.

2. MODERATE THE SWEETS AT YOUR SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY

Halloween is one of the sweetest times of the year, literally. No matter what age, people enjoy candy. Remember, that while they don’t have to swear off all candy, you should only have sweets in moderation throughout the season.  Too much sugar poses a health risk that can be avoided by simply approaching the holidays with caution.

3. STEP OUTSIDE

Many of us have been cooped up inside too long with the coronavirus scares.   With fall now in full swing, social distance and get outside and enjoy the bright leaves on the trees, as well as the moderate temperature that can be enjoyed before a Texas winter. Getting outside is great for emotional and mental health, while also increasing vitamin D levels, according to Harvard Medical School.

4. AVOID FALL ILLNESSES

As the weather in Texas begins to cool down, seniors need to make extra efforts to avoid falling ill with the flu or a cold. No one wants to spend a week of their life being cooped up in their home with fatigue and fever.

Take the steps to avoid the flu by getting a flu vaccine at the beginning of the season. Another tip is to hydrate with water throughout the day to strengthen the immune system and help prevent catching a nasty cold.

5. GET YOUR VITAMINS FROM PUMPKIN TREATS

 

When we think of fall, things like Jack-O-Lanterns usually come to mind. However, your pumpkin can be more beneficial than a simple decoration. They offer a variety of health benefits that make eating fresh Pumpkin snacks like roasted seeds and pumpkin spread a welcome treat. Pumpkin pulp is full of vitamins A and C, and the seeds of the fruit are rich in phytosterols, which help in lowering cholesterol.

From the HollyHall Retirement Community blog