Things To Steer Clear Of Post 60

  • March 30, 2022 BY  Anthem Seniors
  • Anthem Senior Living

If you are 60 years old or over, looking after your physical and mental well-being is at the core of a happy and thriving aging process. In view of the huge advancements in science, medicine and technology, today’s older generation in America are living longer and healthier lives than the earlier generations. The key to a longer lifespan devoid of any diseases is adopting healthy behaviors today and reaping the impact of these choices down the line. Here are a few things you should avoid as you hit 60:

Eating poorly– Prioritizing healthy eating should be at the top of your list as you hit 60. Also, the fact that elders are more likely to be undernourished and underweight than younger people makes healthy eating imperative. Make sure to consult with your doctor on the right eating plan for your best health. Your doctor will devise a plan tailored to your medical history and your profile of your personal health overall. It’s important to address your concerns associated with diet head-on to get back on track before it’s too late.

Skipping doctor appointments and health screenings– This is another common mistake made by elders. They tend to overlook routine screenings like blood sugar tests, blood pressure and mammograms, and medical appointments, which becomes even more important as you get older.

Not being active– Physical activity is another crucial aspect that elders tend to overlook. According to studies, regular physical activity ensures the well-being of both the mind and body, helping manage a number of health conditions associated with age, such as bone loss. We all have forgotten what Hippocrates had told us “exercise is man’s best medicine,” and we have become increasingly sedentary in our behaviors. So get a consult with your health care provider for an exercise that suits you and make a part of your daily routine. It will pay great dividends in the form of an independent and productive old age.

Do not skimp on sleep– Poor sleep is one of the major Alzheimer’s disease risk factors with more than half of adults over 65 facing some form of sleep issue or another. Researchers have established a connection between sleep (or its lack thereof) in midlife and dementia in late life.

Quit smoking– There’s no two ways about how terrible smoking is for your health. Not only does it increase risk for heart disease, but also in view of the times we are living in smoking increases risk of serious complications from Covid-19, which already is a serious health scare for those over 60. The cases of Covid-19 are far worse in smokers. Your lungs are at the center of your immune system. Inhaling cigarette smoke can irritate your lungs, letting the immune system loose to fight that irritation. When it is a coronavirus infection, the symptom response is intensified.

Hope these tips stand you in good stead. For specialized memory care for Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia, call Anthem Senior Living on 602.909.9550 to book a suite today.