There are many steps that we can take to insure the aging process is not something that overwhelms us. This is true whether we ourselves are the aging person of concern or whether that person is our loved ones. The tips delineated below will guide us through a few of the more critical of these steps.
Healthy interpersonal relationships are important for aging well. Being active in your community has been shown to increase lifespan. To reap the full benefits of your social relationships, concentrate on cultivating intimate qualities like trust, honesty and gratitude.
You should not concentrate on the numbers of your life. Your copay is meant to ensure that you receive an excellent quality of care from your doctor; let him analyze your measurements while you focus on the more important things in life. If you think about your age or other numbers you will skip out on the enjoyment of life.
Osteoporosis is an unwelcome part of aging. It is the loss of bone density. There are many ways you can prevent or at least slow this down. One important tip is to limit or eliminate caffeine consumption. Caffeine causes the body to excrete calcium, the exact opposite of the effect you want!
All women over 65 should be tested for bone density since this is the only way to diagnose osteoporosis. Some doctors recommend baseline bone density scans at menopause and at regular intervals after. Predicting fracture risk and determining rate of bone loss can help in the monitoring and prevention of osteoporosis.
Do not let others make you feel as if you are less of a person now than you were in your youth. You may require more care from others than you used to but you are just as important and it is crucial that you remember who you were and who you are for the rest of your life.
Take additional calcium supplements with your vitamins. Calcium gets more important to your body the older that you get. Most adults need about 1,200 mg of calcium each day. If you do not get the amount that your body needs, your bones are going to get brittle and weak.
If you want to keep looking young, laugh! And do it often! Watch funny TV shows, read jokes on the internet, or go see a comedian. Make sure you include daily doses of laughter. Laughing will keep you looking young, and can also extend your life.
As the years go by, our habits harden. We tend to become sclerotic in mind as well as body. Overcoming this is the secret to good aging. Open up to new interests, people and places. Try something you thought you couldn’t do. Challenge those dead habits and new life will unfold!
Are you caring for an aged family member who has Alzheimer’s disease? If so, it can sometimes be a stressful undertaking. You need to remember to carve a bit of time from your caregiver role to devote to some personal time for yourself. Make an appointment every day to meet a friend or spouse for a meal or a cup of coffee. Give yourself permission to ask others to take over your duties as caregiver while you take a break. You can also check out services offered by reputable adult day care programs.
It is good to grow old. Your long life is an achievement. Our commercial culture pushes us toward denial of old age. We are told we should dye our hair, try to look young. But a healthy head of white hair can be worn with pride. You worked long and hard to attain this point in your life!
A great way to keep looking young is to take care of your teeth and keep them white. White teeth are a key to your face and smile looking young. Cut back on the coffee and red wine which will stain the enamel of the teeth, and use some teeth whitening products to help improve their color.
As we age, we like to reminisce. While being reminiscent, do not let your mind take guilt trips. Instead, take a trip to a favorite vacation spot or the mall. Have a trip on a cruise ship to exotic ports. Travel to a foreign country you have always wanted to visit. Guilt trips take you nowhere. Remember, you cannot undo what has already been done, so guilt trips are useless.
Address health conditions. If you know you have diabetes, for instance, make sure to monitor your glucose regularly. If you have high blood pressure, make sure to eat right. Health problems tend to worsen as you get older; you can stop that being diligent about your health problems and keeping them under control.
Know about your medications. As you get older, you will likely start taking more regular medications. These medications can interact with each other and cause various side effects if you are not careful. Make sure you know what you are taking and take medicine as directed. Keep a list with you in case you are taken to a hospital and need your medicine.
Common causes of hearing loss while aging are tinnitus and prebycusis. Tinnitus can be diagnosed by a buzzing or ringing in the ears and prebycusis is just a gradual hearing loss due to aging. Adults over the age of fifty are more prone to prebycusis and tinnitus. Hearing loss is quite common and can be combated by regular ear check-ups and hearing aids.
Have the seasonal flu vaccine every year. As you get older, you will become more susceptible to illnesses, including the flu. The flu can also do more damage on an older body. So to stay healthy throughout that November-April flu season, have a flu shot every year, preferably in September or October.
Preparation is the key to successful aging. We can take those steps ourselves, but it is imperative that we do them in a timely manner. The hints above are a guide to light our way. They can prevent some of the confusion and the feeling of being completely overwhelmed that sometimes accompany this stage in life.