Age may give us wisdom, but that doesn’t mean all seniors know what’s best when it comes to taking care of their health.
The past decades have been rife with misinformation about trendy diets, exercise machines, and other health fads that have come and gone.
Over time, it’s easy to feel jaded about it all and simply get by day to day the best you can. However, your senior years provide the perfect opportunity to really invest in your health.
Start with the Head
If you’re not taking care of your mental health, the rest of your body will suffer. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a bit of self-care is, well, selfish. Taking time out of your day to de-stress and center yourself can make you a better person to those around you.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to someone about your problems, whether it is someone you are close to or a professional therapist. Talk therapy is scientifically proven to help people work through difficult emotions, and it provides them with solutions and tools that enable them to create the life they want.
- Get your finances in order. Expenses like medical bills, prescriptions, and long-term care are one of the most common stressors for older adults. Make a financial plan early — and review it often — to ensure your financial well-being. If you’re living on a fixed income and struggling to make ends meet, you may want to consider selling your life insurance policy to increase your cash on hand, pay down medical debt, and/or give you peace of mind for future expenses.
- Consider taking up meditation. Meditating gives you a small period of time each day where you can check in on what you are thinking, how you are feeling, and how those two things can impact your overall attitude.
- Take up a volunteering. Volunteering helps both the body and mind stay active and healthy. Plus, doing something solely for the benefit of others feels good and helps you appreciate your own blessings.
Everybody — not just seniors — could use more exercise!
Getting enough exercise will improve mood and can reduce a person’s chances of developing certain diseases and illnesses.
However, there are specific benefits to working out that help older people in particular.
Exercise enhances mobility and balance, which can reduce your risk of falls, which are the number one fatal injury for seniors in the United States.
Easy and safe exercises for seniors include things such as indoor walking, stretching exercises (yoga), swimming and water aerobics, and easy home workouts including resistance training, step exercises, and balance training.
Still, not all seniors can just jump right in and work out.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain that’s keeping you from exercising, you might be combatting it by taking prescription medications.
Instead of dealing with the medications’ potential side effects, consider taking Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which is a more natural solution than conventional medicine.
Studies show that CBD oil can help treat pain and inflammation.
Though it comes from cannabis, CBD doesn’t get you high. If you wish to pursue this natural route, do your research and talk to your doctor about the best CBD oils.
As we age, we lose our sense of taste.
While a younger person may compensate for their lack of taste buds by filling up on dishes loaded with sugar, salt, fat, and spice, those things can be pretty upsetting to the digestive system when you are over 60.
Plus, nutrition is just as important for seniors as it is for anyone else.
Eating the right foods can help prevent muscle and bone loss, manage weight, reduce chances of developing a chronic disease, strengthen the immune system, and increase energy and mental clarity.
To make up for the loss in sensory processing without skimping on nutrition, invest in higher-quality whole foods that can be prepared simply and still taste great.
Eat plenty of glucose-rich whole grains such as steel-cut oats, brown rice, and sprouted bread.
Glucose improves overall brain function, and low levels of this important sugar may trigger Alzheimer’s disease. Get plenty of protein and calcium to help maintain muscles and bone density.
Eat produce from a range of colors to ensure you are getting many nutrients and plenty of antioxidants that fight aging.
Furthermore, make sure you get plenty of omega fatty acids through fish, nuts, and avocados.
These polyunsaturated fats have been shown to promote healthy aging.
There’s no better time to start being proactive about your health than the present.
It always helps to start with the head — getting your mental health straightened out will motivate you to work on your physical self, as well.
Everyone can use more exercise, but for seniors, it is crucial for improving mobility and balance.
Finally, don’t turn to unhealthy processed foods to make up for a loss of taste. Buying high-quality fresh foods pack on the flavor while providing optimum nutrition for healthy aging.