Aging is inevitable as the medicine for ageless youth has not been discovered (yet). We owe it to our older self to lead a healthy life in order to age healthily. Aging healthily starts with healthy habits and it is up to us to master and maintain healthy habits as we age. Even if we have not mastered healthy habits while we were young, it is not too late to start now and start aging wisely.
Here are just some of the most important suggestions:
Nutritious meals are the main source of energy, and as we age, we have to be mindful about it. Our metabolism won’t be the same as it was when we were in our thirties, forties or fifties. Our digestive system is bound to change as we age, so by the time we go well into our sixties, our diet has to be adapted. Our diet has to be rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese. Also, we have to add more seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds into our diet. Calcium, vitamin D, B 12, potassium along with proper water intake are important as well.
Stay physically active
Seniors who remain physically active live longer as physical activity keeps you healthier prevent diabetes, heart disease and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Physical exercise also relieves stress as it produces the feel-good hormone endorphin. It is also known to have a positive effect on the quality of sleep and quality of life in general. People who’ve been physically active their entire life just need to find an activity suitable for their age. Cycling, long walks or short strolls are also among those activities which will keep seniors happy and healthy.
Focus on prevention
As we reach old age, we become aware of the following saying – an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. That is why regular check-ups must be high on our list of priorities. Visiting our GP, dentist, and optometrist should be among those appointments that we never want to miss. Also, getting older means that we become more fragile and prone to injuries and these often happen when there is no one around.
It is always better to be safe than regret it later. People who reach an old age feel safer if they have a medical alarm which they can wear as a pendant. Medical alarms available at National Health Australia are one piece of technology that can detect a fall and alert those on your contact list. These lifesaving gadgets have an SOS button and a database of up to 6 contacts which will be notified in case of an emergency.
Stay mentally active
Mental health is as important as physical health. Even as we age we have to exercise our brain, continue to grow and never stop learning. Puzzles, games, crosswords and other challenges will stimulate the brain and help us stay sharp.Mental exercises help prevent dementia and mental health decline.
Focus on relationships
Older people often suffer from depression caused by loneliness. Depression can age people faster and be the cause of the further mental decline. That is why socializing is among activities that should rate high on our list of priorities, too. Spending time with our family is a must as these are the sweetest memories a person can have.
Older people can also join a senior community and spend time with people their own age. These communities offer many interesting and fun activities like playing cards, chess, trivia night and so on. A pet can also be a great companion. A dog will give their owner a purpose and responsibility and a reason for them to take regular walks.
Cut out bad habits
Smoking, alcohol and too much sugar have to be completely cut out of our daily routine if we want to age healthily. These have always been bad for us, but as we reach old age they can bring more harm than good. Getting rid of bad habits will help us live a longer and healthier life.
Maintain a regular sleep routine
A well-regulated sleeping routine is a vital component of a healthy life, no matter the age. It is recommended that we have 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. But as we age, it might be a bit harder to achieve this. This is where regular physical activity can help, too. Also, a calming and soothing bedtime routine and a regular sleeping schedule will encourage a better quality of sleep.
Following these tips will help us lead a healthy and happy life. It is up to us to protect our body even when we reach old age and keep it as healthy as possible.