Healthy aging takes a well-rounded approach. It’s not just about exercise or eating well, although those are important parts of taking care of your health. It’s also about cultivating positive social relationships, maintaining a sharp and healthy brain, and paying attention to your mental health.
These are all elements of life that will help your overall quality of life and keep you in good health and spirits.
A Great Community
Where you live has a major impact on your health. What worked when you were younger may not be ideal as you reach your elder years. Health conditions that reduce your mobility can change how your house and neighborhood work for you. As driving becomes harder, opportunities to socialize, shop, and participate in the community shrink, especially for seniors who live in suburban, auto-centric areas.
One of the perks of senior homes is the convenience and the community. Great senior homes bring all the amenities you need close by, including neighbors and friends who provide better socializing opportunities.
A Rewarding Social Life
Speaking of socialization, a robust social life is an integral part of healthy aging. Social isolation and loneliness have been linked to a long list of health conditions, including:
● High blood pressure
● Cognitive decline
● Heart disease
Post-retirement, people tend to take a big hit to their social group. In the years that follow, it can be tough to stay in touch. If mobility becomes an issue in your later years, it helps to have friends, neighbors, activities, and amenities nearby.
As you get older, strengthening relationships with friends and family is an easy way to focus on your social life. But you can also expand your social life by:
● Volunteering with a group to give back to your community.
● Taking up a new hobby that lets you get out and meet new people.
● Signing up for classes and learning something new.
A Healthy Diet
Seniors’ nutritional needs change over time. Seniors generally need fewer calories, while their appetites also tend to decline. The result is that they generally need to eat more nutrient-rich foods, getting the most out of the calories they consume. A healthy diet includes plenty of:
● Dense proteins such as nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils.
● Vitamin and mineral-rich vegetables and fruits.
● Whole grains.
● Lean meats.
This diet is also rich in fiber, which can help avoid constipation and helps with cholesterol levels.
An Active Brain
Last but not least, keeping your brain active and challenged can improve your mood and reduce your risks for dementia. There are many ways to keep your brain sharp. It could be as simple as doing daily brain exercises such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or other games that engage your puzzle-solving abilities. You can also apply yourself to learning something new or just enjoy a stimulating conversation on a regular basis. Picking up that chessboard and sparring with a friend will both exercise your brain and keep you social.
Healthy aging takes a well-rounded approach that goes beyond nutrition and exercise.
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