Getting older does not necessarily mean feeling your age. You can keep your biological age young even if you return another year on the calendar.
Whatever your age, staying healthy and aging with dignity takes work. Here are four tips for seniors that will help you make your golden years shine.
1. Make socialization a priority
Did you know that loneliness is one of the most important health risks for seniors?
Social isolation and loneliness are linked to a considerable number of mental and physical health problems, including heart disease, a weakened immune system, cognitive decline and depression.
While it can be difficult to find new ways to socialize when you stop working or when you are no longer as mobile as before, prioritizing socialization is extremely vital to your overall health and well-being. Most seniors who have a hard time hearing in noisy situations also avoid social activities, but that doesn’t mean they have to. Fortunately, hearing aids for seniors are making it easier for them to hear in loud situations and to engage in social activities.
If you don’t know what to do to become more active, contact your city or county public health unit. They can help you find dedicated programs to help seniors enjoy the company of others and develop a rich social life.
2. Eat well and sleep well
Eating well and sleeping well become essential with age. Both have the potential to prevent or slow cognitive decline and even dementia.
To eat well after age 60, you may find that some of your old habits need to change. For example, your digestive system slows down as you age, which means you need to increase your fiber intake. Dehydration is also becoming more of a problem, so you may need to do everything you can to increase your water intake.
Sleep can be another big challenge for the elderly. Studies have found that up to 50% of adults over the age of 60 have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep overnight. It is essential to try to find ways to counter poor sleep. This may mean finding blackout curtains or a personal fan to keep your bedroom ready for sleep. If you are still not sleeping, talk to your doctor about other potential options.
3. Find the types of exercises you like
Staying physically active is so important that you get older. Not only does this give you more control over your health, but exercise can also release endorphins, which help you feel better.
If mobility is an issue, talk to your healthcare professional about the type of exercise that is best for you. You may be surprised by what you find.
Remember to hunt on the Internet. You’ll find creative ideas for staying active on sites like Suddenly Senior.
4. Get the most out of Medicare prevention programs
Prevention is the best medicine and Medicare provides a long list of preventive services. There is no reason why you should not get the most out of your Medicare-covered prevention and testing services. Not only will they protect your health, but they can also lower your long-term health care costs.
You can find out more about the services available on the Medicare.gov website.
Get more tips for seniors
You can have another birthday without aging another day if you make the effort to keep your mind and body healthy with age. Get more tips at SeniorSite.org
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