Healthy aging is essential. And we know it is possible, people are living longer and in better health than ever. If you want to enjoy your older adulthood in good health, here are some ways to get started.
While physically exercise is crucial, it is important to keep your brain active, too. Exercising your mind can help keep your thoughts sharp and can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, illnesses connected to memory loss. Look for word games and puzzles in day-to-day life and challenge yourself on your own by developing your own recall games throughout the day. For example, try noticing every animal you can on a walk, then bring them back to mind once you are home.
Mind Your Plate
If you have a genetic risk for dementia, you may be able to reduce the odds of onset by adding more Omega-3 rich foods to your diet. Add fish, olive oil, leafy greens like spinach, and nuts to your diet. Some studies show these foods can lower the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease by diminishing brain inflammation.
In addition, skip the salt when you can. As you age, the likelihood of high blood pressure increases, which can lead to less cognitive function and an increase in possible strokes. Try to enhance the flavor of your food in different ways, skip the salt shaker and pile on the veggies.
Be Social for Healthy Aging
Many older adults are living alone, which can lead to feelings of loneliness. Especially if an individual has trouble adjusting to a life change, such as health issues, the loss of a spouse, or retirement. A lonely person can take steps to enhance their life.
Try to keep up communications with family and long-time friends, no matter where they live. And if your bonds live out of town, make sure to find a regular time to meet with others who have common interests. Join a club at a community center and find a book club at a local library. Also, speaking with a counselor about feeling of loneliness and isolation can help, too.
Find Your Balance
Of course, you need to move your body to stay flexible, keep your strength, and improve endurance. But when you are scheduling your exercise, try including balance strengtheners as well. Yoga and Tai Chi are great options, routines that can help to improve your balance and stay in tune with your center of gravity.
Get Plenty of Sleep
If you are in the habit of skimping on your sleep, try to break the cycle. Sleep is necessary for your mental health. Older adults need seven to nine hours of sleep. Not getting enough rest can lead to memory issues, depression, crankiness, and an increased risk of falling. Decide on a sleep schedule and stick to it. If you have trouble sleeping, try adjusting your daytime habits, too. For instance, you may need to cut your caffeine intake or keep your bedroom free of distractions, such as televisions and other electronics.
Try New Things
While it is good to keep a routine sleep schedule, breaking the routine in other areas of your life great can be helpful. Try new experience, from new ways to make your favorite foods to new routes to the grocery store.