Key to live a healthy life as You Age
Most people don’t make it to their 70’s or 80’s in good health. However, it’s not something impossible to achieve provided you adhere to a wholesome lifestyle.
Although certain psychological changes that happen as you age may come in the way of your happiness, there are many things one can do to reduce the risk of mental and physical disability, and boost general longevity and health.
In 2010, a study performed by the US Department of Health demonstrated that 40.4 million Americans were 65 and above; that means 13% of the nation’s overall population. By 2030, 20% of the United States will have 65+ seniors.
What to do to live healthy into your 70s
What can you do to stay healthy in your 70s and 80s? Even though you’re not capable of controlling each and every factor and element that impacts your general wellbeing as you get older, some actions depend on your decisions. Start with making beneficial lifestyle choices. Eat right, quit smoking (it’s never too late to do that), diminish stress levels, and practice good hygiene.
It’s equally important to stay positive and active, physically and mentally. Being in your 70-80’s may create some mobility issues. Certain changes are happening inside your body. If you don’t have the same mobility as you did 10-20 years before, you may need to hire a health care provider or rent a scooter to help with your own mobility.
Life hasn’t ended just because you’ve entered your 70’s or 80’s. In fact, you should enjoy your golden years as much as possible; don’t lose your sense of purpose.
Stay connected with people, socialize, travel and do things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the chance. Seniors must not isolate themselves but they should spend quality time with friends, family members and neighbors on a daily basis. Attend local events, find a hobby or join a book club.
Studies have shown that a few minutes of walking on a daily basis may also help put off physical disability in your golden years. Men and women in their 70s and 80s who engage in mild walking 3-4 times a week age healthier. They have better mobility, and thus can perform daily activities in a much easier manner.
Forget about stress
Stress has a great impact on our health and quality of life. People in their 70s and older are at higher risks of suffering from depression. Recent studies have emphasized that anxiety and depression are connected to physical decline in older adults.
Worries such as: “what if I become disabled?” and “what if I don’t have enough money to survive?” are pretty common. As you get older, you’ll start experiencing emotional trauma linked to loss. The death of the people closest to you will trigger difficult emotions you must learn to get over, if you want to preserve your health. Here are some tips to help you cope with tough changes.
• Be thankful for the things you do have, enjoy and appreciate life – don’t take things or people for granted
• Express your feeling and emotions – maintain friends close, talk to them or consult with a health care professional to help you deal with loss
• Maintain a sense of humor
• Accept that there are things you just can’t control anymore
Dealing with health concerns
The risk of developing certain health conditions – including stroke, dementia, heart attack, lung disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, chronic pain and others, increase as people get older and approach their 70s. However, as long as you make healthy choices, you have the highest chances of reducing those risks.
It’s really important to have a geriatric physician to help you cope with your illnesses, or better yet, help you prevent the development of more serious conditions. Geriatricians are trained in helping seniors accept the aging process. These professionals specialize in treating, preventing and diagnosing disabilities and illnesses in seniors.
Older people can lead a happy life. And there are many pleasant activities they can and should engage in to remain in good health. Eat right, go outside, socialize with people and think positive – these are basic but important tips to keep you emotionally charged and happy in your golden years.
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