Myths about aging abound. A lot of people have this image of a decrepit person who is immobile and can’t see or hear very well. People are living longer than before and aging is not interfering with quality of life. Following is some advice to help you be among those who enjoys life to its fullest as you age.
Get enough sleep. Sleep promotes balanced hormones and helps you feel relaxed during the day. Not sleeping between seven to nine hours per night will leave you feeling sluggish and irritable.
Add personalized touches of style to your home so it reflects who you are. As you age, you might discover that the home you are in isn’t the home you expected to grow old in. To make any place comfortable, decorate it with familiar, special items that are meaningful to you.
When you age, you often do not want to leave the home because it is safe. Customize your living space so you have a haven to return to when your day has been tough. Your home can be ready for your return.
Go easy on powder cosmetics and foundation to protect your skin as you get older. This is made doubly true as you age since your skin needs even more hydration. Consider how simple cosmetics, such as lip gloss, mascara, and eye liner can fit into your lifestyle.
As you start getting older, it is important that you properly care for your eyes. Some of your vision will be lost when you get old, but regularly go to the eye doctor to get a check up to proactively look for any major diseases that could lead to even worse vision.
Excessive sugar intake is a major factor for a shorter life span. The aging process is accelerated and your lifespan reduced with excessive sugar consumption. Studies have uncovered the fact that sugars can reduce the lifespan of all animals.
Eat a sensible diet. A diet loaded with plenty of fruits and vegetables with only a small amount of sugars and fats will keep you on the track to a balanced healthy eating plan. This sort of diet will help keep you healthy in terms of your mental and physical well being.
Eat less read meat and more fish to prevent heart disease! Eating meat can result in heart disease as it clogs your arteries’ lining. On the other hand, fish contains healthy oils and vitamins that will make your heart stronger.
Be sure to check your blood pressure on a regular basis if it is high. If you have high blood pressure you may not even know it, that is why they call it the ‘silent killer’. As you age, your cardiovascular system will unfortunately start to deteriorate, and closely monitoring your blood pressure becomes even more important. If you have an issue, you can get to the bottom of it as soon as you can.
If you want to start taking anti-aging supplements, it is a good idea that your first talk to your doctor. Some important supplements you may need to take include multivitamins, anti-inflammatory medicine and antioxidants. With the right balance of these supplements as you age, your activity levels will increase and your down time, decrease. Take these supplements on a daily basis.
Your diet strongly influences how you age. Make sure to consume a lot of vegetables, dairy products, lean meats, and whole grains in order to get the nutrients your body needs. Have three small meals with a couple snacks in between every day.
Keep a list of your medications handy. This is a great idea if you go to different pharmacies for your medicines and supplements. Having this list will allow pharmacists to cross reference your medications for certain side effects.
Always request a copy of your medical records. This way, you can take them with you if you change doctors, or if you see a specialist, they can access your records right away instead of waiting.
Visit your doctor annually and complete all the tests that he recommends. This enables your doctor to keep tabs on your health and catch any problems that may arise. By taking care of your problems now, you have a better chance of getting proper treatment.
Be aware of the potential for fraud. Scammers target older folks because they think that they are easy marks. Be careful who you give your financial information to and always ask for identification when dealing with someone who comes to your home claiming to be an official or government authority. Also, before throwing away documents that contain your personal information, shred the papers. These steps will prevent your money from falling into the wrong hands.
This can be an era for self reflection and you can enjoy the wonders of life even more. Get the most out of your golden years by following the advice in this article.
by Mar Lizana