Healthy Aging For The Elderly

5 Tips for Health Aging

1. Live an active life

Regular exercise is one of the greatest keys to physical and mental wellbeing. Living an active life will help you stay fit enough to maintain your independence to go where you want to and perform your own activities. Working out will also reduce your risks of heart disease, diabetes, depression.


2. Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Eat nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Avoid sweet, salty, and highly processed foods. Keep in mind that each person has different dietary needs, so follow your doctor's suggestions regarding dietary restrictions. It's never too late to start eating healthy!


3. Keep your brain active Studies have shown that a lifestyle that includes cognitive stimulation through active learning slows cognitive decline. Never stop learning and challenging your mind! Take dance lessons, learn a new language, attend lectures at a local university, learn to play a musical instrument, or read a book.


4. Get enough sleep Older adults need just as much sleep as younger adults – seven to nine hours per night – but often get much less. Lack of sleep can cause depression, irritability, increased fall risk, and memory problems. Keep your bedroom dark and noise-free and avoid watching television or surfing the internet while in bed. Stay away from caffeine late in the day.


5. Limit stress and stay connected We cannot entirely avoid stressful situations but we can learn better techniques to cope with stress. Take care of yourself when you are stressed by getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating nutritious foods. Talk to a loved one or counselor about your stress, and try some relaxation techniques, such as circular breathing, yoga, or meditation.


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