Five Tips for Healthy Aging
September is Healthy Aging Month. While some of the side effects of growing older are inevitable, there are many ways to make the aging process easier on yourself and continue thriving.
- Exercise regularly. Slowed mobility is often one of the toughest parts of aging, but exercise can help you stay limber and stronger for longer. Set a goal for yourself to exercise for half an hour 4-5 times a week. PRO TIP: Exercise in the morning to boost energy level for the day!
- Eat well. One of the easiest ways for seniors to prevent serious illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease, is maintaining a healthy diet. Incorporate a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein when you eat. Remember to watch your portions and sodium intake, too.
- Challenge your mind. Studies show that the progression of memory loss slows significantly when we increase cognitive stimulation. Challenge your brain with new activities that you find enjoyable. Mix up your routine regularly by learning a foreign language, joining a book club, or playing word games.
- Take preventative measures. Many common geriatric health problems--such as chronic illness, weak bones and seasonal depression--are preventable. As you age, take more precautions to protect your health; maintain yearly check-ups, invest in proper footwear, take your vitamins, and continue to exercise regularly. Consult with your doctor for preventative measures that are specific to your needs.
- Voice your concerns. Even through making healthy lifestyle changes, all adults are still at risk for other health issues--both physical and mental. Reach out to a family member or consult your physician when you’re experiencing physical or emotional pain.
There is no doubt that proactivity is the best medicine when it comes to health, but the aging process can still make living on your own difficult as time goes on. When the time does come that you are interested in an independent living, assisted living, or memory care community, we are here to help. Click here to learn more about life at Summerfield.