RAC Aware – Healthy Aging

Provided by: www.aarp.org, www.webmd.com, www.everydayhealth.com

“Seventy percent of all age-related disease is related to lifestyle choices”,says Henry Lodge, M.D.

Refuse to take it slow. “Getting old is no place for sissies.” – Betty Davis

Stay active in physical fitness, socialization, and with taking care of yourself.

Walking- It helps keep brain cells healthy by delivering more blood and oxygen. Controls your weight. Boosts your mood. Keeps bones and muscles strong. Helps you sleep better. Makes you less likely to get heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Tai Chi or Yoga- Protect your joints. Ease stress. Build strength and balance. Strengthen bones. Minimize hypertension. Increase flexibility. Sharpen your mind. Boosts mood.

Stay Social- Stay socially active with friends and family and within your community. Loneliness is harmful to your health. Seniors who report feeling left out and isolated have more trouble with everyday tasks like bathing and climbing stairs. Researchers found that lonely people have higher levels of stress hormones that cause inflammation, or swelling, linked to arthritis and diabetes.

Don’t neglect yourself- Regular check-ups with your doctor, dentist, and optometrist are even more important now. Many different things happen to your body as you age. Don’t let the changes that come with old age catch you by surprise. Common ones are: Your bone, heart, brain and nervous system, digestive system, senses, teeth, and skin. There’s a lot you can do to protect your body and keep it as healthy as possible.

Stay Optimistic- Life tests us in many ways. Loved ones die, layoffs happen, and health problems can mount. But positive thinking can be a powerful ally. When you choose to be optimistic and grateful, your mind and body respond in kind. People with a rosier outlook live longer and have fewer heart attacks and depression than more negative people. Try things like: Smile, it can help lower stress. Keep a gratitude journal. Do good things for others.