Life expectancy has increased over the years, but despite the advances in medicine and technology, age may still increase your risk of developing health complications. It is important to embrace your age and adapt to the golden years. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly improve your quality of life. Here are 9 steps you can take to ensure your well-being as you grow older:
Maintaining a healthy diet can help you feel better as you age. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and grains. Choose low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. Drink water instead of sugary drinks!
A little bit of exercise can go a long way. Choose the type of exercise that is right for you based on your age and physical ability. Go on short walks, ride a bike, swim, dance, do yoga, lift small weights, and move your hands or feet while sitting. There are plenty of exercises to choose from!
Visit your Doctor
Make sure to schedule a check up at least once a year. Mention any symptoms or concerns that you have. Ask if you’re up-to-date on immunizations and find out if you have any vitamin deficiencies. See what screenings are right for you based on your sex and age here.
To find out which vaccines you might need, take The Adult Vaccine Quiz provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Making time for yourself is a great way of reducing your level of stress. Take time out of your day to do some of the things you enjoy. Find a hobby that takes your mind off your daily worries. Make sure you are getting the recommended amount of sleep. Ask for support from those around you or join a support group.
Go over your medications with your doctor and ask if any of the side effects can increase your risk of falling. Visit your optometrist to find out if your prescription glasses need to be updated. Exercise regularly to improve your strength and balance. Make sure your house is well-lit and free of trip hazards. Use grab bars and railings to reduce your risk of falling.
Pay Attention to your Skin
Skin elasticity decreases with age causing it to wrinkle. Your skin may become more sensitive and prone to bruising. You may notice the appearance of age spots and skin tags. Keep your skin moisturized and be careful when spending time in the sun. Limit your exposure by using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing. Contact your doctor if you notice irregular changes in your skin such as growths and unexplained bruising.
Despite their size, mosquitoes can spread many disease-causing viruses. These viruses can severely affect older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Protect yourself by using repellent and wearing protective clothing. Use window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. Get rid of any stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed. Consider mosquito control and prevention treatments for ponds and water features in your garden.
Responsibilities and priorities change as you age, but it is important to maintain social connections. Reach out to friends, family, neighbors, and those you care about. Visit restaurants, malls, and parks near you. Public libraries and senior centers often host events where you can make connections and enjoy time with others. You can also make a positive impact in your community by becoming a volunteer. Check out a list of groups you can join here.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. There are many tasks that become harder to accomplish as you age. Ask someone you trust to help you out. If you require full-time care, consider moving into an assisted living or skilled nursing care facility. Our facilities offer services like housekeeping, laundry, and transportation. Many of our facilities also have full service beauty salons, Cable TV, and WiFi. All our facilities host year-round events and daily activities that you and your loved ones can enjoy!
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* Speak to your doctor before making any diet or lifestyle changes.