If You’re Getting Older, It’s Time To Get Wiser
Aging occurs gradually over time. So too do some of the negative consequences that go hand in hand with the process. This, however, is a good thing. It allows time for us to make adjustments in our life that will better equip us for dealing with those changes. Take the time now and consider the following suggestions that will make your life easier.
It’s important to forget about numbers when you are dealing with age. You can easily get depressed as you see your age increase, your height shrink and your weight fluctuate. You pay your doctor to worry about your numbers, so throw them out of your mind and focus on things that are more fun instead.
A balanced, healthy diet is critical as you get older. Eating healthy requires that you eat a large variety of fruits, meats, vegetables and grains. This gives your body the essential nutrients that it needs not only to survive but to thrive.
For healthy aging, don’t be afraid to be a bit of a nester. Find things that you absolutely love and put them all around you, whether it’s flowers, friends, family, music, movies or any of a multitude of hobbies. When it comes down to it, your home is your place of comfort. Make it your own. Make it a place where you love to be.
To slow down the aging process, do some aerobic exercise everyday mixed with occasional light weight training. Numerous scientific studies have shown that exercise improves muscle strength, stamina, bone density and balance. As these four things deteriorate with age, regular exercise could help keep your body in good condition well into your 80s and beyond.
As we age, our body decreases in hormone production, such as testosterone and estrogen. You doctor may prescribe hormone replacement therapy drugs. These drugs can cause harmful side effects, so they should be taken under physician’s supervision only.
Certain things happen when we age. We all reach a point in our lives when we are unable to care for ourselves any longer. When this happens, it is wise to consider moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home. While not the ideal situation for some, in actuality this might be the best available option. They each have licensed staff that provides a combination of the best health care with the best possible living environment.
Living can be very hard work. Even if you do not have a job outside of the home, it is going to take it out of you some days. Take the time to rest now and then. You could do this every day if your schedule permits but if it does not, be sure to rest and relax at least a couple times a week.
By accepting the fact that we are aging and that certain changes will accompany the aging process, we can better prepare for those changes. The tips outlined above should help us on our way to doing just that. Whether we need to establish certain habits or make changes in our living situation, the time to do it is now.