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Senior Living: Tips for Aging Happy and Healthy
Sep 30, 2017 by Comfort Keepers Denver
Many people dread getting older because of the negative connotations associated with it. This is unfortunate, as it is more than possible to live a beautiful and fun life in your older years. Aging should not automatically imply being sick and having a low quality of life.
The first step to living a healthy and happily life is to understand the changes that happen to your body, and to not let them catch you by surprise.
The most common physiological changes you’ll experience in your older years are in your:
- Skin. Skin becomes increasingly brittle and vulnerable to damage as we age. Any sort of light trauma or falls can bruise and break skin, and too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Additionally, skin looses its elasticity and begins to wrinkle and sag over time.
- Senses. As we age, our ability to hear, smell, taste, see, and even touch can deteriorate. Hearing and vision loss may be the most well known, but our taste buds worsen over time too, causing us to add more salt and spices to our food. If you have diabetes or arthritis, your sense of touch may also become worse, or even painful.
- Brain. Though it is not guaranteed that we all get dementia as we age, it is a possibility for a lot of people. Regardless, our brain does begin to function less as we get older, so you may experience problems with forgetting things, getting confused more easily, or feeling brain fog more often.
- Heart. It is normal for heart rate to lower as we age. Additionally, the heart may be a little larger than it used to be, and the muscular walls in it might become thicker.
- Bones. Our bones become more brittle as we age, especially in women. This could lead to conditions like osteoporosis, or having a greater risk of broken bones and falling.
Living a healthier lifestyle, especially at an earlier age, can help you be at your healthiest when you’re older. This ultimately leads to a higher quality of life, as well greater life longevity.
Even if you are already older and want to make changes to your life for the better, you can still reap many of the benefits. Here are some tips for staying healthy, regardless of what point you’re at in life:
- Wear sunscreen to protect your skin. Yes - even in Denver you can get a sunburn!
- Don’t smoke! Smoking can affect an effect on everything from your lungs to your teeth, to even your skin.
- Stick to whole, colorful foods and stay away from too many packaged, processed foods.
- Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Make sure you sleep long enough and that it is quality sleep.
- Regularly exercise, both your body and your mind.
- Socialize as much as you can with friends, family, and your community.
- Take your medications properly.
- Focus on self-care. Go to your doctor’s, dentist’s, and whatever other appointments, ensure your personal hygiene is where it should be, and make sure your mental health is in check.
These tips can help get you on track to living your happiest and healthiest life.