Aging is no surprise to most people but the effects of health, lifestyle choices and diet on aging can be. There are changes seniors and pre-seniors can make to help them age gracefully and in a healthy way. This can reduce the need for elder care or the need for assisted living. It can certainly delay the need for these types of services.
Diet can be a major issue in everyone’s health. Overeating, not getting enough of the right nutrients and even unrecognized food allergies can contribute to a variety of health issues, some quite serious. The sooner the diet is controlled; the sooner health benefits will be realized. This can be challenging if bad eating patterns have been made habit over many years.
Special medical needs may also impact the diet. Diabetes for instance may necessitate the need for a specialized diet. Consulting with your doctor or a nutritionist may help you develop a menu plan you can live with – for many years to come.
As people age, they tend to slow down their physical activity. This can lead to muscle loss and decreased strength. Good muscle tone and strength are important for healthy living. Some illnesses can rob individuals of their strength or balance. Having toned muscles, maintaining a reasonable body weight and remaining agile can help ward off some of the effects brought on by a variety of illnesses.
Years of hard living can take their toll in our later years. Smoking, for instance, can reduce lung capacity as well as lead to a number of serious diseases. Diminished lung capacity can limit the types and amounts of activities you can engage in. It can also make recovering from other illnesses such as the common cold more difficult. Getting the proper amount of rest allows a body to face the demands of each day, fight of illness and can help prevent depression. Limiting alcohol and drug usage have obvious benefits. Remaining socially active can all improve mental and emotional health.
Making changes, no matter what part of life you are in, can improve the quality of your life. The more you do for yourself now, the better your life is likely to be in later years. Even if you are already a senior citizen, making changes for the better will still improve your health. No change is too little or too late.