Taking care of ourselves and our loved ones is vital for our health and well-being, particularly as we age and grow older. And perhaps caring for our health has never been as important as it is now. Today, the rate of disease and sickness is growing. Americans in the U.S. living with Alzheimer's is growing and is one of the top leading causes of death in the U.S. In fact, one in three seniors are likely to die from Alzheimer’s or another related dementia. Today, approximately 5.5 million people live with the disease.
So how can we take great care of ourselves and our loved ones as we grow older? How can we reduce or minimize the chance of getting ill? We have 5 tips for you to improve your health and optimize your well-being.
Better Mobility Means Better Balance
We tend to ignore mobility from a young age. Our view on mobility of course changes as we grow older and our muscles and joints start to tighten. We may pick up other exercise habits such as walking and weight-training, but we tend to take mobility and our balance for granted. Being proactive here is key. It’s never too late to start working on your balance and it’s the best way to decrease your chance of falls. Watch this great video for some tips on improving your balance:
A Stronger You is a More Balanced You
Weight training as we grow older can feel particularly daunting but it’s one commitment that will pay serious dividends. Many may cringe at the final investment required to get into weight training: if it’s something that is new to you, you need to start with a trainer. A trainer is a wonderful way to start and will increase your learning too. You’ll be able to use weights in a safe and comfortable environment. The benefits of weight training are scientifically proven. Weight training strengthens the muscles but it also strengthens your joints and your bones, allowing your body to handle more pressure and more movement more easily. Building muscle mass in your 60’s and 70’s is vital to preserve your strength and mobility and will decrease the risk of an accident or fall.
A Healthier Mind is a Healthier You
We are quick to try to fix our bodies but often not so quick to fix our mental health. As we age, particularly in the home, the risk of depression and/or isolation may increase. Spending large periods of time alone can make one feel isolated from society and others. As humans, we crave interaction with others to stay healthy. We’ve already discussed how incredibly helpful 10 minutes a day of meditation can be, but socializing with friends and family and getting outside are just as important. Join a bingo club, go to the YMCA, join a gym, go for a walk outside. All of these are great, simple activities for a healthy mind.
You Are What You Eat
My 95 year old Grandma always tells our family that she is 95 and that she should eat whatever she wants. Despite having diabetes, she loves to binge on desserts and sweets. Her attitude is that she has made it to 95 and we should leave her alone. However, eating well and doing your best to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables is a long term investment in your health that no one can deny. With Americans processing more food than ever, it’s particularly important to eat leafy greens and fill your body with the necessary nutrients and vitamins that it needs to be healthy.
Mobility, Strength, A Great Diet and a Healthy Mind - Every 65 Year Old’s Dream
When we are young, we tend to take our health for granted. But as we age, many of our friends and loved ones experience illness or sickness and it starts to shape our view of the world around us. For many of us, a healthy and happy family and a healthy and happy you is a true blessing.