With so much bad press about getting older, it’s no wonder we associate the aging process with negativity. Of course, certain aspects of getting older can be difficult but everything is manageable if you tackle it with the right attitude, and adopt some top tips. Here are a few pointers to help you age gracefully.
Accept the Process
Whether you like it or not, everyone gets older, if you’re lucky. There’s no escaping this fact but with some positive association you can feel better about it. Research shows that a positive association with age cannot only help you view the aging process in a more favorable light, it can also help you recover from disabilities better too.
Treat Your Body Like a Temple
Physical activity can help to improve balance and strengthen the body. For older people, this can also reduce the risk of fall-related accidents. The recommended amount of exercise per week is 2.5 to 5 hours, or 1.25 to 2.5 hours if the activity is energetic. For those who prefer low-impact exercises, walking, yoga and tai chi are all great options. Alternatively, making lifestyle changes such as walking instead of taking the elevator, can make a huge difference.
Fuel Yourself With Good Food
Treating your body like a temple includes filling it with nutritious food. A nutrient-rich diet of wholesome foods instead of processed junk can help you stay in shape. It can also reduce your risk of certain diseases and illnesses. For example, studies show that the Mediterranean diet could have cognitive benefits. This diet is rich with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish. Compared to a Western-style diet, this one involves less red meat, sugar and saturated fats.
Plan, Plan, Plan
You never know what’s around the corner, which is why the best way forward is to plan. It can be difficult picturing yourself with less independence, but try to think about where you can see yourself realistically should you need further assistance with everyday activities. Senior care services can vary vastly and so it is a good idea to do some research. Spring Meadows by Monarch offers three levels of care. These are independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments—for people with memory-related issues. Look into the different types of care available so that you are fully aware of your options in the future.
Keep in Touch
Did you know that loneliness can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? Sadly, as people age it can be easy to lose touch with loved ones, and you may find yourself with fewer close friends as you once had when you were younger. Keeping in touch with old friends and family is important. Being social and making new friends can also have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing. A great way to meet new people is to join a club in your local area. Not only will this engage your brain, it will widen your social circle and help you connect with likeminded people.