The world now has an aging population, which means that more people over the age of 70 are out and about living their lives in their golden years.
That’s great. Although, it does mean that more research has gone into developing and exploring the best ways for those who are elderly to live long and fulfilled lives, while also staving off many of the age-related complications that can come as someone gets older. So, if you are noticing that you have a bad hip, or you have an elderly relative who is showing signs of their age, many steps can be undertaken to help them to stay healthy.
So, here are the best ways to stay in top shape as you hit the golden years.
Okay, so you don’t have to do a marathon every day (which would not be advisable even if you were younger), but gentle exercise every day can help to keep the joints nimble and reduce the discomfort associated with arthritis. Indeed, there is a reason why all assisted living Dallas TX establishments offer their residents exercise routines every day. Even if it is something as gentle as yoga in your living room each evening, this will help to boost your mood and help with mobility.
It has been well-established that those who age well have more friends and socialize more. Once work is out of the way and you have retired, your mental state needs to continue to make friends, attend groups, and engage in hobbies. Socialization has been ranked as having better moods later in life and stress reduction. So, even if it is just meeting up for a coffee once a week with a friend, this can be great for your mental health.
You must watch what you eat at all stages of life, and it can be tempting to get lazier as you get older. However, research has found that the best diet for managing the aches and pains that accompany the senior years is the Mediterranean diet. Lots of oily fish, vegetables, and the odd bit of pasta and olive oil can do wonders for arthritis, and of course, it can help with the slowing of dementia. Incidentally, you could even combine this diet with a new skill set and take a cooking course, which will help you to meet more people.
Keep Your Mind Active
Dementia thrives on inactivity, and studies have found that even engaging in mind puzzles a few times a day can help to slow this disorder down. So, aim to complete puzzles every day like crosswords, word searches, or even regular 500-piece puzzles. This will keep your mind engaged and busy for hours on end.
To keep yourself in top-notch condition, you must see your doctor, ophthalmologist (optician), and dentist regularly. This will make sure that everything from your head to your toes is working, and if there is an issue, it will be identified quickly, so it will be unlikely that there will be any extensive treatments needed. Remember, see your dentist twice a year and your doctor as and when needed, along with yearly check-ups, and be sure to see your optician at least once every 2 years.