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Tips: Staying Healthy in Your Golden Years

By Aimee Claire, TSB Contributor

In the past, entering senior citizenship meant settling into a well-worn pattern of life, a time of discounts and doldrums.  However, as life expectancies have increased and knowledge of health and aging have increased in tandem, it has become more important to focus on maintaining and improving the general health and well-being of senior citizens.  A healthy diet, exercise, regular checkups and a positive outlook on life will ensure that the golden years are happy, healthy and active ones.

Tips and advice for seniors

Small changes in daily habits and lifestyle can make a huge difference in overall health and well-being for people of any age, especially senior citizens. 

Eating healthily can be difficult as people age.  As the metabolism slows, remembering to eat at all, let alone eat properly, may become a problem.  Planning for four or five smaller meals that are eaten throughout the day will help keep the body nourished and energized.  Following a low-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meats will help nourish the body, while adding in whole grains and fiber-rich foods will help keep the body systems functioning properly and make maintaining a healthy weight easier.

Exercise is vitally important as you age, though it may become more difficult as joints and tissues begin to decline.  Many conditions associated with aging, such as osteoporosis and arthritis, are positively affected by a regular exercise routine, and even taking a 30-minute walk each day can improve cardiovascular health, regulate diabetes, strengthen muscles and lower stress levels.

Healthcare may seem a nuisance to senior citizens but proper preventative care is essential to staying healthy and active as you age.  Regular medical checkups and wellness visits with a primary physician or specialist can help identify physical and mental problems before they become too serious.  A checkup or wellness visit is a good time to discuss daily routines and habits with the doctor, to design an exercise regimen or to map out a dietary plan.

Perhaps most importantly, staying healthy and well throughout the senior years starts with maintaining an active, vital and peaceful mind.  Keeping busy with hobbies; spending time reading and creating; and taking time to simply relax and be at rest are all important ways to maintain the brain and the entire body. 

Exercising and conditions associated with aging

Two conditions particularly associated with aging are osteoporosis and arthritis.  Both conditions can result in crippling physical damage, one to the bones and the other to the joints of the body.  Physicians will often prescribe medications for more severe occurrences of these conditions but when they suggest that a patient buy Celebrex or some other medication they will also advise the patient to begin an exercise routine.

Exercise can have a profound effect on age-related conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis and can go a long way toward slowing the progression of the conditions or even reversing some of the damage. Depending on the severity of the condition the patient can begin with some less strenuous exercises, perhaps lifting some light hand weights or taking a short walk, and gradually increase the weight, repetitions or length of time spent exercising so the body can handle it comfortably.  

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