Published Aug. 7, 2023, 12:06 p.m. by None
healthy is important at any age, but for older adult, it is even more important
for living a long, happy and active life. Many factors influence healthy aging.
Some of these, such as genetics, are not in our control. Others like exercise,
a healthy diet, going to the doctor regularly, and taking care of our mental
health are within our reach. Taking care of your physical health involves staying active, making healthy food choices,
getting enough sleep, limiting your alcohol intake, and proactively managing
your health care. Small changes in each of these areas can go a long way
to support healthy aging.Here is a quick checklist
to help maintain good health as you age.
Healthy eating: As
you age, your dietary needs may change. You may need fewer calories, but
you still need to get enough nutrients. A healthy eating plan includes
Eating foods that give you many
nutrients without many extra calories. This includes fruits and
vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy, nuts, and seeds.
Avoiding empty calories, such as
foods like chips, candy, baked goods, soda, and alcohol.
Eating foods that are low in
cholesterol and fat.
Drinking enough liquids, so you do
not get dehydrated.
Regular physical activity: Being
physically active may help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid chronic
health problems. If you have not been active, you can start slowly and
work up to your goal. How much exercise you need depends on your
age and health. Check with your health care provider on what is right for
Staying at a healthy weight: Being
either overweight or underweight can lead to health problems. Ask your
health care professional what a healthy weight for you may be. Healthy
eating and exercise can help you get to that weight.
Keeping your mind active: Many
activities can keep your mind active and improve your memory,
including learning new skills, reading, and playing games.
Making your mental health a
priority: Work on improving your
mental health, for example by practicing mediation, relaxation techniques,
or gratitude. Know the warning signs of a problem and ask for help if you
Participating in activities that you
enjoy: People who are involved in
hobbies and social and leisure activities may be at lower risk for some
health problems. Doing things that you enjoy may help you feel happier and
improve your thinking abilities.
Playing an active role in your health
care: Make sure that you get regular
checkups and the health screenings that you need. You
should know which medicines you are taking, why you need them,
and how to take them properly.
Not smoking: If
you are a smoker, quitting is one of the most important things
that you can do for your health. It can lower your risk of several
different types of cancer, certain lung diseases, and heart disease.
strong bones: Most of us really do not think about
our bones until one breaks. However, bone health, like other aspects of
your health, needs to be work on for years. The good news is that it is
never too late to take care of your bones and slow bone loss.
care of your eyes: People see primary care
doctors, the dentist and even mental health specialists on a regular
basis. However, taking proper care of your eyes, especially if you are
already using corrective lenses it is important to have your eyes checked
regularly to prevent eye diseases such as age-related macular
degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, low vision and even dry eyes. Set up an
appointment now for a routine eye exam.
Taking steps to prevent falls: Older
adults have a higher risk of falling. They are also more likely
to fracture (break) a bone when they fall. Getting
regular eye checkups, getting regular physical activity, and making
your house safer can lower your risk of falling.
Following these tips can
help you to stay healthy as you age. Even if you have never done them before, it
is never too late to start taking care of your health.