Growing older means transition, both negative and optimistic, but if you consider what’s going on with your body and take action to improve your well-being, you’ll enjoy growing older.
When you’re mature, a lot of different things happen to your body. Your skin, your bones, and even your brain may begin to act differently. Don’t let the shifts of old age take you by surprise.
You’re still doing a lot to make sure you stay in good health and enjoy your later years: eating well, exercising, checking and testing, as suggested by your doctor. But it also makes sense to have some contingency plans for potential lane bumps. Don’t let the shifts of old age take you by surprise.
Here are a few of the common ones:
Your digestive system. The digestive tract will become firmer and stiffer as you mature and will not contract as much. This shift can lead to problems such as constipation, stomach pain and nausea; a healthier diet will improve.
The bones. In old age, especially in women, bones may become thinner and more fragile, sometimes leading to a fragile bone disorder called osteoporosis. Thinning bones and declining bone mass will put you at risk of falling and can easily lead to broken bones. Be sure to talk to your doctor about what you should do to avoid falls and osteoporosis.
Your heart. While a healthy diet and regular exercise can keep your heart healthy, it may increase slightly, lower your heart rate, and thicken the walls of your heart.
Your senses. You might find your vision, and hearing isn’t as good as it was once. You may begin to lose your sense of taste — the taste cannot seem distinct to you. They may also weaken the senses of smell and touch. Your body responds more quickly and needs more to stimulate it.
Although preserving your physical health is vital to a healthy ageing, it is also essential to appreciate the knowledge and wisdom you have acquired through years of advancement. It’s best to cultivate healthy behaviors all your life, but it’s never too late to reap the benefits of taking good care of yourself, even as you get older.
Here are some safe ageing tips that are good at any stage of life.
- Keep yourself healthy with daily exercise. Daily exercise is one of the keys to physical and mental health. Live an active life will help you stay fit enough to retain your freedom so that you can go anywhere you want to do your own business. Regular exercise can, to name a few, prevent or even relieve a number of common chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, depression and arthritis.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Dump the junk food to the benefit of high fiber, low fat, and low cholesterol. It’s more of a way to eat than a formal diet. You’re loading on vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and low-fat milk. You eat less fatty meat, butter, sugar, salt and packaged food. Many studies have found that this diet can help you live longer and protect against heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Keep social ties with your family and friends, and your community. Loneliness is harmful to your health. You are more likely to experience dementia or depression if you feel alone — if you live alone or with others, have a lot of friends or none — your seniors feel alone and have more difficulty with daily activities, such as swimming and climbing stairs. They die sooner than less lonely people do.
- Get the sleep that your body needs. Older adults need the same amount of sleep as younger adults — seven to nine hours a night — but sometimes get a lot less. Sleep deficiency can cause depression, irritability, increased risk of falling, and memory problems. Set up a daily schedule that includes a bedtime routine. Keep your bedroom dark and noise-free — be careful not to watch TV or browse the internet while you’re in bed. Sit out of caffeine late in the day.
- Reducing stress. Our stressors are changing as we age, and so is our ability to cope with stress. Long-term stress can weaken brain cells and lead to depression. Stress can also cause memory loss, tiredness and reduced ability to fight and recover from infection. In fact, it is estimated that stress either triggers or complicates more than 90% of the disease. We can’t completely stop unpleasant conditions, but we can learn better strategies to deal with stress. When you’re tired, take care of yourself by having enough sleep, exercising, and eating healthy food. Talk to your loved one or counselor about your tension and try some calming methods, such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation.
- Don’t neglect yourself: A daily check-up with your doctor, dentist, and optometrist is much more important now. Much of our health is regulated by our own behavior, our environment, our genes, and social influences, not by the health care system. In addition, the doctors are not perfect; there are medical errors. The more patients participate in their own health care, the more satisfied they are with the care they receive. Talk about ways that your lifestyle can improve your health and make some improvements. You’re the spokesperson of your own. Tell your primary care doctor if you have an annual physical problem, or if you have a health problem, and get ready for those appointments.
- Stay Optimistic. Positive thought can be a powerful friend of mine. When you choose to be hopeful and thankful, your body and mind will respond in kindness. Those with a rosier outlook live longer and have less heart disease and depression than those with a pessimistic outlook. Smile. It can help lower stress. Surround yourself with people who boost your spirits, keep a gratitude journal and do good things for others.
- Stop Smoking. Tobacco kills people with it. Quickly, every organ in your body is damaged. Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and other nicotine products cause heart disease, cancer, lung and gum disease, among many other health problems. It’s never too late to stop. About 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your body begins to heal. Your chance of a heart attack goes down immediately. Your risk of heart disease is halved.
It’s vital to take care of your physical self, but it’s critical that you also tend towards your emotional well-being. Repeat your long-life bonuses and enjoy each day. Now is the time to enjoy peace and good health.