As we get older, our health deteriorates, and we all know that. But how many of us do something about it? How can we make it ‘the best is yet to come” and get inspired by Sinatra’s song rather than get unhappy?
1. Keep our connections alive
Loneliness is a silent killer. So why don’t we find likeminded groups and maintain connections.
Men are at greater risk of suffering from social isolation. By contrast, 71% of retired women living alone are satisfied with their number of social connections.
In these uncertain times, loneliness can creep in even more. There are online groups for all interests from card games, stitching, cooking to meditations. Your hobbies are a great way to connect. In India, our families are so big and we often forget to reconnect with them.
So, keep the ties that bind securely fastened as you move through your golden years. Its always nice to have family and friends to care when you get older.
2. Sugar and Sodium Intake
Too much of anything is bad, especially if it’s too salty or sugary.
Reducing the Sodium intake, keeps the blood pressure at bay and lowers the risks of heart diseases and strokes. If the sugar intake is too much , it leads to being over weight and can lead to cardiovascular diseases.
The diet of an older adult is important to monitor and keep in check. A balanced meal is what is required and too much salt or sugar should be avoided.
In case you feel that you have any health ailments, it’s best to visit or call for a doctor’s consultation.
3. Drinking less water
Water is paramount but still we forget to have it. A Hydrated body is essential especially as an older adult. In addition, you usually take more medication which can t boost the risk of dehydration. Finally, their sense of thirst is less acute, making it easy for them to forget the need to drink.
Severe dehydration can lead to:.
- Deadly heatstrokes
- Urinary and kidney problems
7-8 glasses of water is essential for a senior citizen. Don’t forget to drink your water!
4. Body Weight in Check
As we get older, we still need to maintain our weight and diet. Excess weight can lead to so many health issues, women are especially at risk for osteoporosis. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is the key to prevent osteoporosis. Also, weight-bearing exercises is an overlooked way to strengthen bones.
It is important to listen to your body, if you are not getting adequate exercise your health will deteriorate. There are many online tutorials available if you don’t have access to a park or gym. As long as you are getting some exercise, weight won’t be an issue.
5. Smoking and Drinking
Both smoking and drinking slowly kills the body. As we get older, we know that these are bad habits and need to be kicked out of our lives. Regular smoking and drinking increases your risk of cancers of the lung and liver. The damage to your body starts from smoking one cigarette. Some people presume alcohol is good for the heart but that is untrue.
Some people smoke or drink excessively to relieve stress or cope with problems. Unfortunately, smoking and drinking tend to go together creating negative effects on your body.
There are dedicated helplines to help recover from smoking and drinking addictions. It does take time to recover but your health starts to improve and you can feel it.