Human beings will inevitably age, but the aging process can be delayed by taking a number of proactive measures to prevent disease and disability. If you are interested in doing the right things to care for your physical and mental wellbeing, take note of the latest research that suggests a few relatively easy measures can have a significant impact on your health as you age.
1. A Healthy Diet
Medical experts recommend a healthy diet for all adults, but it is even more important for older people. The elderly may skip meals or not feel like cooking, two problems that can lead to poor nutrition and a variety of health problems. Nutritionists recommend a diet high in fiber, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish and healthy oils like olive oil and canola. This kind of diet will also help seniors to manage their weight, which can also contribute to health problems.
2. Regular Exercise
Research is providing information on the importance of exercise, not only to physical health in the elderly, but also to their mental function. Exercise appears to improve circulation of blood and nutrients to the brain, to keep seniors thinking and feeling young. It also improves heart function, lung function, joint health, balance and flexibility. Senior exercise programs designed by individuals with a Master’s degree in gerontology know the importance of physical activity for seniors.
3. Social Interaction
The research on aging also indicates that seniors who socialize regularly tend to maintain both their physical and mental health longer than those who do not. The simple interactions between people stimulate neural connections in the brain, promote more physical activity and create more interest in everyday events and the world at large. Staying connected helps seniors to stay healthy in many ways.
4. Regular Visits to the Doctor
Staying in touch with your physician, with yearly annual exams and immunizations will help to prevent diseases and catch health problems in the early stages. If you have a good ongoing relationship with your doctor, you are more likely to discuss your concerns and to receive the in-depth information you need to safeguard your health on a daily basis.
These four factors are known to have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of elderly people. By engaging in these activities, you will increase the odds of having healthy and active senior years, and you’ll be able to enjoy every day to the utmost.
By Meghan Belnap
All rights reserved. Any reproducing of this article must have the author name and all the links intact.