None of us like getting older, however, it is a part of living. So what’s one to do to age not only gracefully and in a healthy way? Here are a few tips for managing a healthy aging process in 2018 (and beyond).
Food Management: Diet is a four letter word that no one likes to hear. However, eating healthy is part of a robust lifestyle. Stick with lean protein, whole grains, and fresh veggies. The less processed food the better. Eating smart and managing your food intake will keep you healthy and regular.
Stay Active: You don’t need to run a marathon to stay healthy. In today’s world of health and fitness there are numerous options for people of all ages to maintain an active lifestyle. From Silver Sneakers to yoga, tai chi, and weight training there is a form of activity that can work for you.
Fall Prevention: Did you know that 1 in 3 older adults experience a fall each year? There are things you can do to decrease your incidence of falls. Number one is to stay active (see above). Exercise, work with resistance bands can improve balance and stability. Second, remove any items such as rugs or other trip hazards in your home. Third, ask your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that might increase the incidence of falls.
Exercise your Brain: Fitness is not just limited to your bones and muscles. Giving your brain a workout with word find puzzles, sudoku, and crossword puzzles is a great way to keep you sharp and aware. Joining a bridge or mah johngg group will keep your brain stimulated and give you social time with others. Book clubs and lifelong learning courses are other options to keep your brain in tip top shape!
Schedule a visit with your Physician: Visiting your doctor for your annual medicare physical is very important to a healthy lifestyle. Of course any time you are not feeling well you should visit your Dr. But an annual visit regardless of how you are feeling is a must to maintaining good health and possibly catching issues early on before they become a problem.
Speak Up: We all feel or get down on occasion, but if you are feeling lingering sadness, experience a loss of appetite, subdued enjoyment in things you normally enjoy, seek out family, friends or your doctor. Prolonged periods of this and similar symptoms may be signs of depression. Talking to a friend, family member or your doctor will help you identify if you are experiencing depression and how to manage those symptoms.
Sleep: Sleep is critical to us all but especially as we get older. We need 7-8 hours of sleep a night to replenish and repair our bodies. If you are having problems sleeping at night see your provider to get to the root of the problem. Sleep deprivation can bring on a host of health concerns so a good nights rest is a must to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.