As we age, our health concerns change from our youth to old age. And as we age, we need to make sure our health needs change as well. Some health issues that come with managing our health in our old age include Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and stroke. Many of these diseases can be prevented if we take care of our health.
As we age, we have to care more about our health, considering certain changes to our bodies due to this change in age. We have to pay close attention to changes in our health and how they may affect our lives. We all know that we need to take special care of our bodies as they age, but we do not always remember to do so.
It’s important to schedule regular doctor appointments and keep track of blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and mobility. If you ever need some assistance with this, check out local home care agencies in your area.
Here are some tips to stay healthy when aging:
• Stay being active
Exercise is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle. It can help you manage a wide range of health conditions (from chronic back pain to depression) and improve your quality of life. However, exercise has also been shown to improve cognitive function and help protect the brain from some types of damage.
So, before you head out for your daily walk, remember to take a few minutes to review the following tips for finding the right physical activity for someone of your age and activity level.
• Stay socially active
The older generation was once known as the “sandwich generation.” It was composed of people who had both a parent and a child and were often caught between caring for them. Today, the “sandwich generation” has grown, not only do we have our parents to worry about, but our children and even our grandchildren.
With all of this responsibility, it’s no surprise that many older adults are stressed and depressed. However, as we mentioned in our last post, there are ways to cope with the stress of the “sandwich generation” lifestyle. These include staying socially active with friends and family and within your community, as well as keeping up daily routines and participating in hobbies and pastimes.
• Have a balanced diet
If you’re a senior citizen reading this, don’t despair. You’re not alone. An estimated 1 in 7 Americans is 65 years or older. Keeping healthy and active in our older years is a mandate because a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is not just a good idea; it’s the key to staying sharp and living life to the fullest.
• Do your schedule check-ups
Many of us tend to put off scheduling check-ups or neglecting to keep them. The problem is that, as we age, our health needs change. Some might argue it’s a sign of our growing maturity, but that’s another topic altogether. As we age, we’re more susceptible to joint problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other age-related conditions. The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to stay healthy as you age, such as scheduling regular health check-ups. The bad news is that you have to go through making the appointments, than actually showing up for them.
• Quit your bad habits
If you are trying to decide whether to quit smoking, you may have heard that quitting can lower your risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and other smoking-related health conditions. And you may have heard other reasons not to smoke. The fact is that most people who quit smoking really do feel better and are healthier in the long run.
Aging is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be debilitating. If you plan, you can age gracefully and with confidence. In order to do that, you have to be health-conscious and aware of your own limits. Of course, this is easier said than done. Physical and mental health issues usually start to appear in our 30s, but many of us are not able to recognize these signs until it’s too late.