Aging well is a choice for most people. The decisions you make, your habits and your lifestyle all affect how you live your senior years. Even if you made poor health choices earlier in life, you can change direction right now. It’s up to you.
Aging well means, making healthy choices for your body, mind and soul. The choices you make in one area of your health circle into other areas and will either have a positive impact or negative impact for your overall picture.
Exercise/maintaining a healthy weight- Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and many other issues. Exercise can help you control your weight while providing other benefits like healthy blood pressure, improved mental sharpness and increased muscles strength.
Develop Strong Social Relationships- Studies show that having good social relationships keeps you more mentally alert. Those with active, regular friendships also seem to eat better, have stronger immune systems and are happier in general. Friends can make you feel loved and this improves your mental health. Social support can also positively influence recovery from illnesses like heart attacks and stroke. I know at times some would prefer to be alone, especially in hard times, but you are going to be much better off if you resist the temptation to close off your social avenues. This is why many seniors do very well in Assisted Living Facilities.
Now, when we think of “living healthy,” we can sometimes forget that this applies to our minds too, not just the physical body we were given. Our minds are pretty well oiled machines if you get adequate sleep, eat well, exercise, and take any medications you might be on. You can also take your soundness of the soul a little further and participate in mindful practices like Yoga, acupuncture, massage, and meditation. If regular maintenance ever becomes inadequate, don’t feel bad about reaching out to your physician. Your mind, body and soul will thank you!
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Written by: Tanja Powers, Senior Care Advisor at AdultCarePro.com