7 Essential Tips for Healthy Aging
I hope you enjoy this guest blog by Karen Weeks from Elderwellness.net
As we age, our bodies and minds inevitably change, but these changes don’t have to slow you down. Take steps to protect your body and keep yourself as physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy as possible. These aging tips can help you lead a happy, healthy, and independent life throughout your golden years.
Start with Prevention
Preventative care is essential for older adults. Heart, cholesterol, colorectal cancer, and other screenings all qualify for Medicare coverage. During your first 12 months on Medicare, take advantage of the free physical examination. After that first year, annual wellness visits are also covered. According to the CDC, 70% of more of seasonal flu-related deaths are estimated to occur in people ages 65 and older. Keeping vitamin D levels high and maintaining wellness can prevent these deaths.
Eat a Balanced Diet
The digestive system slows down as we age, so it’s important to eat a diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains, and high-fiber fruits and vegetables. Fiber consumption is especially important for seniors, as it reduces constipation, lowers cholesterol, and regulates blood sugars. Drinking plenty of water is also vital to avoid dehydration, control appetite, and stay energized.
Consider a Multivitamin
Are you getting enough nutrients? Talk to your doctor about possibly taking a daily multivitamin if your body is not getting enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from food sources. Around 40 percent of Americans do not get the nutrients they need each day, which means that a supplement could help provide them with everything they need for optimal health.
Stay Physically Active
According to a 2015 study from the American College of Cardiology, regular physical activity reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death in seniors over 75. Staying physically active can also decrease the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity in people of all ages. Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous; regular long walks can be extremely beneficial to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Physical activity also increases energy, enhances mood, and promotes better sleep.
Don’t Neglect Mental Health
Physical exercise is good for mental health, and so is brain exercise and stimulation. A 2019 study from the American Academy of Neurology indicates mentally stimulating activities, including playing games, crafting projects, and using a computer, can lower the risk or delay the onset of age-related memory loss. It’s recommended that seniors read regularly, do puzzles, try new hobbies, and socialize to keep their minds stimulated and ward off mental decline.
Don’t Skip the Dentist
Mouth infections and gum disease can be linked to other health problems, including diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, the risk of cavities increases as we age, too. Studies estimate that one in five adults ages 65 and over have untreated tooth decay, and two out of three have gum disease. Therefore, seniors should visit a dentist for an examination every six months.
Keep Your Annual Eye Appointment
Protect your eyesight as you age. Those who wear glasses should have their prescription checked annually for changes, while all older adults should have their eyes screened each year for macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other issues. Having the proper eyeglass prescription can also help reduce the risk of falling in seniors.
Although we can’t stop aging, how you eat, exercise, and safeguard your health can affect longevity. Adopting healthy habits, using preventative services, and properly managing health conditions can often prevent or slow the development of age-related diseases and afflictions, allowing you to lead a longer, more productive, and more meaningful life.
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