You’ve probably heard the phrase, “You’re only as old as you feel.” If you’re feeling beyond your years, it may be a good time to reassess your habits.
Have you seen a doctor recently? Have you been eating fresh fruits or vegetables? When was the last time you took a walk? How are you sleeping? Living to a ripe old age is great, but feeling good while you do it is even better!
Healthy Aging Must Dos:
A Harvard study found that the key to a happy life, free of disease and with reduced pain, was through connections with others. Having that go-to someone who can be there for you at any hour of the day mattered a lot to life satisfaction, according to the study.
This one is tough, especially with aging and losing loved ones over the years. Getting out into the community to see what events are available is an excellent way to meet new pals. Because isolation can be as dangerous as smoking, it’s important to keep making friends as you age.
See Your Doctor Regularly:
At least one annual physical is a great idea to stay ahead of your health. During your appointment, be sure to indicate all of your health concerns. If this is challenging, take notes, or bring someone you trust along to the appointment to help you. Make sure you review any medications, over-the-counter drugs, or supplements you’re taking while you’re there, too.
Never Stop Learning:
Science Daily tells us that learning not one, but three new things can help increase cognitive abilities in older adults! What more reason do you need to join community education classes, library events, book clubs, crafting, or support groups? You may just meet new friends while you do, too!
Exercise should be for a lifetime. Make small changes to your everyday routine by moving just a bit more each day.
As we say often, if you don’t use it, you lose it. If it’s painful, unsafe, or difficult to maintain your mobility, consider outpatient therapy services. Occupational and physical therapies can be utilized after an injury or surgery, but they can be used proactively, too. If you’re feeling weak or off balance, ask your doctor about outpatient therapy. Therapy, whether it’s physical, occupational, or both, might help you get back to doing the things you enjoy.
Proper sleep is always important, and so is listening to your body. It’s better to rest before you’re forced to take a break to recover from an illness. Consider balance when taking on commitments to help others.
Healthy eating can be simple. Opt for the foods you peel and chop instead of prepackaged convenience meals and snacks. If you choose what’s good for you most often, that leaves room for the fun goodies we know we shouldn’t have every day.
For stress management tips, look above! All of these can help reduce stress levels. Living in “fight or flight” mode opens the door to inflammation in the body, and inflammation leads to chronic and deadly diseases.
If you do smoke, ask your doctor for help to stop.
Consuming excessive alcohol is unhealthy and filled with calories, and could cause you to fall or become injured. Alcohol can also interact with medications, creating unwanted side effects or medical emergencies.
Practice good hygiene habits to avoid skin breakdown or other health issues related to lack of bathing. This includes practicing hand washing, especially when you’re out in public areas.
Aspire Clinical Intelligence has partnered with Edgewood Healthcare and its affiliates to promote healthy aging and independence. Aspire provides clinical software that proactively tracks common health conditions and risks to ensure residents are healthy and aging with grace. It’s our goal to offer preventative and proactive ways to help everyone feel their best and stay safe as they enjoy their retirement years.
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