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Let’s face the facts – 1. The time never stops and 2. If we’re lucky, we’ll grow old. Even though growing old is a blessing, it’s isn’t always fun. Our minds and bodies change and our health starts deteriorating. We aren’t able to recover from an illness or an injury as fast as we used to, so staying healthy and safe should be our priorities. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your 40s, 50s, or 70s, you should pay attention to your health so that you can continue doing the things you love for a long time.

Embrace healthy habits

Healthy habits

Even the longest journeys start with a small step, so why not start your journey towards health with small changes to your routine? In the morning, make it a habit to drink a glass of water before you even get out of bed, and swap your coffee with cream and sugar for a cup of unsweetened green tea. Try to eat fewer sweets and when you want to sweeten something, use organic honey instead of sugar. Keep your skin healthy by staying hydrated and applying face masks a couple of times a week, and start taking vitamin supplements with your meals.

Change your diet

How to change your diet.

Speaking of meals, it’s important to understand that our metabolisms slow down as we age, and even though we had no problems keeping our weight in check in our 20s and 30s, when we reach our 40s and 50s, we often find ourselves struggling to put on our favorite jeans. Cut down on dairy, wheat, and sugar and incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet. You don’t have to become a vegetarian, but eating vegetarian raw food rich in fiber a few times a week will help you keep your ideal weight and stay healthy for a long time.

Elderly and healthy

Elderly woman

As we get closer to our 60s and 70s, it’s time to think about the dangers and limitations of old age. As much as we want to, we can’t keep doing everything we used to do (or, at least we can’t keep doing it as well as we could), which is why moving to a specialized facility might be the perfect solution. Unlike other traditional facilities, aged care facilities in NewDirection Care encourage their residents to stay active and take part in simple daily chores like cooking and gardening. These small tasks allow the elderly to enjoy work as​ they did for years while keeping them in a secure environment.

Mind your hormones

Another thing we can’t deny is the hormonal changes that come as we grow old. Menopause causes a drop in estrogen and it also increases the chance of bladder and bowel accidents. Estrogen therapy is a good start, but you should also consider doing some pelvic floor exercises, as these are important for keeping pelvic muscles strong. Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause which is why it’s recommended you use lubricant during sex.

Keep your mind alert

Mind alert.

Even though there is no way to keep our bodies young, we can do something about our minds. There are many activities that will keep your mind and spirit young: getting involved in your child’s school’s PTA, spending time and playing games with your grandchildren, volunteering at your local church or nonprofit, doing Sudoku and crossword puzzles… All these things will help you stay active socially and mentally and they will keep your brain healthy.

The good news is that people’s life expectancy is going to rise for both men and women in the future, but this won’t matter unless we stay healthy enough to actually enjoy old age. The best time to make good decisions and start paying more attention to your health is right now. Growing older isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and if you’re responsible and committed to staying healthy, you’ll enjoy every step of the way.

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