Growing older does not necessarily imply that you will develop a vast number of medical issues or have a lower quality of life, but it is vital to understand what is typical for your body as it ages and what is not.
Ideally, you will have developed healthy behaviors throughout your life. Even if you haven’t, it’s never too late to begin taking proactive measures to maintain and even improve your health. The first step toward maintaining your health is to understand what mental and physical changes occur with age.
Small lifestyle adjustments can have a tremendous impact, and adopting even a couple of the following habits will get you started in the right direction:
1. Stay Physically Fit
Physical activity can help counteract many of the symptoms of ageing. Regular exercise can help you maintain your balance, keep you mobile, enhance your mood by reducing feelings of worry and despair, and contribute to better cognitive performance. It is also a key aspect of managing various chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and osteoporosis.
Any exercise is better to none, so aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as swimming or going for a brisk walk) a week, or break this down into 30 active minutes per day, five days a week. It also suggests doing muscle-strengthening exercises twice a week.
2. Eat Well-Balanced Diet
Make whole foods high in fiber and low in saturated fat the cornerstone of your diet to get the nutrition your body requires and minimize your risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease.
Following a healthy eating plan, such as the Mediterranean diet, can assist you in achieving that aim. Olive oil, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and seafood are all important components of the Mediterranean diet. It’s low in red meat, full-fat dairy products, and processed food.
3. Take Medication According To The Doctor
It may seem obvious, but it bears repeating: always take any medication recommended to you exactly as advised by your doctor. However, it’s also a good idea to schedule a medication review with your primary care doctor on a regular basis to evaluate whether all of your medicines are still necessary. It all up to you whether you care or not about your health.
4. Get Enough Sleep
Adults over the age of 65 should receive between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. As you get older, you may notice that your sleep cycle shifts such that you are sleepier in the early evening and ready to wake up earlier in the morning; this is normal and does not pose a problem as long as you get the required seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
5. Schedule Checkup
Regular exams with your doctor, dentist, eye doctor, and specialist healthcare professionals provide opportunity to detect and address issues early. If you have one or more chronic medical diseases, use several medications, have memory or mobility challenges, or have recently been hospitalized, you should see a geriatrician.
Who is this geriatrician anyway? Geriatricians are doctors who specialize in the care and treatment of the elderly. Following an initial appointment, they can refer you to additional specialists, coordinate care and treatments for health conditions, and assist you in developing a care plan that is personalized to your specific needs.
It’s tempting to blame a bad mood or exhaustion on age, yet ageing isn’t always the direct source of these problems. Constant exhaustion or depression is not normal at any age. If you’ve lost energy or desire to participate in things you used to like, consult your doctor for a checkup. You could be depressed or have another medical issue that requires immediate attention.
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