Seven Tips for Healthy Aging

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Healthy Aging at USA Healthcare

Aging is a natural part of life. Whether we’re ready for it or not, our minds and bodies cannot always do all they once could. However, whatever your age, there are ways to embrace healthy aging.

Our goal at USA Healthcare is to enhance the lives of our residents and their loved ones. We love being able to be there for our residents, to walk with them through their journey of aging and changing.

Seven Tips for Healthy Aging

 

Our health professionals at USA Healthcare compiled these tips for healthy aging and a happy, healthy life. Healthy aging isn’t about wishing you were younger, but living your life to the fullest now. With the right care, you can always get better as you age. 

 

1. Stay Connected with Loved Ones

 

Your mental health is extremely important as you age. Staying connected and cultivating relationships with loved ones helps you keep perspective and make the most of each and every day. Having a support system around you will help you to combat loneliness. You can now use technology like FaceTime and Facebook to easily communicate with friends and family who don’t live close to you.

 

2. Simple and Fun Exercises

 

As you age, exercise can feel more difficult. Instead of beating yourself up about not being able to do the same activities that you used to do, pursue new hobbies such as tai chi, yoga, or swimming. Some senior adults even start their workout regimen by doing simple chair exercises. Taking an evening stroll, dancing to your favorite song, or riding a bike are great ways to stay active and have fun. 

 

3. Regular Check-Ups

 

Going to the doctor on a regular basis is an essential part of aging well. Having a standing appointment with a doctor that you know and trust can help you identify problems before they occur. Knowing your family history and getting proper health screenings are ways to practice preventative measures to help you stay healthy.

 

4. Stop Smoking

 

Using tobacco has many negative effects on your health. Smoking has been shown to cause premature aging and increase the risk of disease. While smoking isn’t an easy habit to break, many resources can help you on your journey. Begin by meeting with your doctor and asking for recommendations on how to quit smoking.

 

5. Reduce Stress

 

Having too much stress is not good at any age. But as we get older, stress can have detrimental effects on our mental and physical health. Additionally, stress can lead to anxiety and depression. There are many healthy ways to deal with and minimize stress in our lives. Meditation, yoga, getting enough sleep, journaling, and spending time with loved ones have proven to help reduce stress. Another excellent resource for senior adults pursuing strong mental health is to meet with a licensed counselor or therapist.   

 

6. Healthy Diet

 

Making healthy choices with your diet isn’t always fun, but a well-balanced diet positively affects your brain, body, and emotions. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole-grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy, and healthy fats. While you can treat yourself every now and then, maintaining a healthy diet will give you the proper energy to get through your day without adverse health side effects. 

 

7. Embrace Aging

 

Lastly, the best tip for healthy aging is to embrace your aging journey. Don’t block it out, but instead, tune into your thoughts and emotions. Allow yourself to explore all your feelings, but keep it optimistic at the end of the day. The best thing to do is to focus on what you can do instead of any physical or emotional limitations you may have. Enjoy the wisdom, comfort, and purpose in living a life full of memories.

 

Allow USA Healthcare to Assist You in the Aging Process 

Is it time for your loved one to consider long-term care options? USA Healthcare exists to help families by providing comfort and care to your loved ones and peace of mind to you.

We have many health and rehab centers throughout Alabama, as well as a premier, assisted living center. Each of our long-term care facilities offers planned nursing care based on each of our residents’ individual needs and abilities, with the goal to achieve an optimal quality of life. 

Learn more about assisted living and skilled nursing care with USA Healthcare. Contact us today for more information or to set up an appointment.