Senior wellness guide: 6 ways to manage common health problems

Senior wellness guide: 6 ways to manage common health problems

by Sally Walters


What are common health problems and how can we manage them as we get older? Keep reading to find out what are the simple tricks everyone can start doing NOW to grow old in good health.

 

In a perfect world, you’ll have already been practicing healthy habits throughout your life. But we know that’s not always the case. Even so, it’s never too late to start taking proactive steps towards maintaining and even improving your health.

 

Why is being considerate of your general well-being crucial even at an older age?

 

Seniors in the United States are the fastest-growing segment, with more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day. And with the elderly population expected to increase over the upcoming years, it is important to understand the challenges faced by people as they age and focus our efforts towards ensuring we all age healthy and stay positive. 

 

With time, we are exposed to more health issues and our bones, heart, brain, and senses can be affected. No need to panic, though. You can still live your fairytale even at an older age by just being aware of what your body and mind need. Being cautious doesn’t mean that you have to change completely the way you live. Small lifestyle adjustments can have a big impact on your wellness.

 

Adopt these habits that can help you get on the right track:

 

  
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1. Rethink your day to day chores

Focus on planning your tasks and completing them based on their priority. This can help you regain control over the actions you perform within your daily routine. For example, complete the most important task in the morning, when your energy level is peaking. And don’t procrastinate!

 

2. Develop a positive social-wellbeing 

Socialize. Stay connected. Engage with people in your community. And, if you think you are too shy or it’s too late to start building and strengthening relationships, remember there are so many people out there just like you! Humans are social creatures. We’re meant to have relationships and connections for our health and wellness.

 

3. Stay physically active

It’s no news physical activity is key to both mind and body, especially at an elderly age. By maintaining an active lifestyle, you can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Low-impact exercise, such as swimming, can help you stay independent by improving stability, reducing fall risk, and, therefore, preventing injuries.

  
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4. Exercise your brain

Experts believe that one can maintain a strong memory by being mentally active. Crosswords puzzles, chess, and other games - keeping your mind sharp sounds like a lot of fun! The internet, as well as real-life, offers a considerable variety of options which are all individually designed to help you exercise different aspects of your brain function, including multi-tasking, focus, memory power, and concentration.

 

5. Focus on prevention
Be aware of your health condition by getting regular doctor appointments. Consider all the options available that can help you improve your shape naturally. Sleep well, have a balanced diet, and avoid excesses. Alternatively, don’t forget that naturally harvested food supplements can help you greatly - boosting your immune system and general well-being.

6. Maintain a sense of purpose and joy
You now have time to do everything you wanted and develop new hobbies or focus on old ones. Being retired does not mean that you don’t have anything else to offer the world. Contribute to your local community by keeping it safe, spend time with your loved ones, travel, learn a new language, go to a museum or a play. Don’t get stuck in your old ways!