Monday, June 11, 2012
Aging is something that is unavoidable and many people do not look forward to it. There are many stereotypes about aging that are incorrect. Aging can be an enjoyable process if you learn how to embrace it. By making simple changes to the life you are already living you can even stay in your home and age in place. This article will give you some tips to help you enjoy the aging process, instead of dreading it.
A way to slow the aging process is to find meaning in your life. Having the feeling that someone expects you to be somewhere on a weekly basis, that you have friends that count on your or that you have a teen that looks to you for guidance can be the inspiration you need to want to live longer. Get involved in groups that travel or senior center activities. Invite friends over for dinner and cards. It is best to keep a balance between bringing life into your environment and getting out.
If you want to live longer and lead a healthy life, get out and walk. The guide to walking is to walk five thousand to ten thousand steps on a daily basis. Get an inexpensive pedometer to keep track of your steps and get out and walk. You don't have to be an experienced marathon runner to enjoy the benefits of good health. Add a friend into the mix and walking becomes a great social outlet. The main objective is to keep your mobility. Having the ability to get around helps seniors to live independently longer. If aging in place is important to you because an assisted living facility is not your idea of fun then make sure you are leading an active lifestyle.
A tip to keep your skin on top of its game is to lather sunscreen to help prevent the aging of your skin. The sun is spreading hazardous UV radiation, which can dramatically damage your skin and cause lines, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. To prevent this radiation from getting to your skin, wear sunscreen protection or wear enough clothing to protect yourself. Even on cloudy days, the rays can penetrate the clouds.
Each night, sleep a minimum of 7 to 9 hours. Insufficient sleep can lead to diseases from depression to heart disease, and has been linked to cancer. Exercise helps. Some doctors recommend melatonin (a hormone produced in humans by the pineal gland) or L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea. See an age management physician for advice on leading and maintaining a healthy lifestyle as your needs change. It is hard to face the facts but your needs medicinally will need to be revamped and geared toward aging to prevent small issue leading into something more.
Keeping mentally active will help one to age gracefully. Mental activities take longer as we grow older, but just like a muscle, the brain can be kept fit with activity. Some popular pastimes which encourage mental activity are suduko and crossword puzzles. Doing a puzzle a day can keep brain fog away. Another activity that is fun and keeps your mind working is games on the computer or even games with the grand kids on their wii systems or x-boxes. Not only is this a great way to keep your mind sharp but to have fun as well.
Make sure to spend your days with things that you love and that make you happy. Maybe it’s a pet that keeps you going, or colors and music. Whatever it is, make your home your refuge, a place to get away from the stressors of the world you are living in. If surrounding yourself with people is what keeps you going than you will want to make sure you are involved in social events. If you are a person who adores your pet get involved in volunteer activities that surround working with animals. Shelters are always in need of people to help. You could answer phones or play with the kittens. Hospitals also have programs for seniors to volunteer time. Whatever you interests revolve around is where you need to look.
Simple handicap construction modifications can be added around your home to make it a safe environment to continue to age in. Make your home easier to get around in by removing rugs and other things you can easily slip on. Place things that you use on a daily basis within reach. By making your home easier to live in, you can relax instead of struggling to do things you once did. Adapt, and growing older will be easier. This can be easily accomplished by having a barrier free specialist to come in and access your age in place needs. Keep in mind your needs will change as you age further so it is important to make renovations in the home with this in mind.
As stated at the beginning of the article, many people do not look forward to aging but unfortunately, it is unavoidable. Hopefully, this article has helped you to let go of some of the stereotypes out there and has given you some great tips to help you enjoy your golden years. Making the most out of your life and living it in the way you design it is the most important tip anyone can give you.