Lifestyle Ideas for Healthy Aging and Senior Health

If you are interested in healthy aging, let me ask you a simple question? Are you someone who sweats the small stuff?

Do you find stress has increased in your life due to episodes of depression? Have you been searching for a new, calmer lifestyle, yet still find it difficult to relax and find a more peaceful way to live in your present circumstances?

We have many options in our lives.

Making the proper choices can give us the convenience of being able to have fun while still following a healthy lifestyle.

If you are seeking that healthy lifestyle, when changing your current lifestyle over to a better one you’ll have to make decisions that will be hard, yet you can do it if you think about yourself and don’t let others lead you away from your goal. Don’t get me wrong, you will probably want to think about others…the ones you love and who love you, to get where you want to go, just don’t let them make decisions for you.

Now, it’s a fact that, for most of us at least, aging is not something we are looking forward to. For most of us, life just goes on for many years, but, what we often don’t think of, is that what kind of life we are going to live, at least to some degree, is a direct result of choices we make.

Now, one of the major risk factors for almost any health issue is “stress”.

One of the most important steps towards healthy aging, and health in general, is learning how to relax and take better care of ourselves so we can have a brighter future, and a longer, healthier life.

One way to relieve stress is to make our lives more simple as we grow older.

I learned this over the last few years. I am 68, years old, 69 in a few weeks, and consider myself a bit of an “expert” on this aging stuff.

Keeping it simple will help reduce stress.

Sometimes this is easy, but sometimes it is hard. For example, in order to simplify out lives, we may have to give up our expensive, hard to maintain, homes where our children were raised. As we age, the stress of preserving and maintaining our home as we did in younger days increases. For many, money often becomes a big issue, which causes stress, as well. The maintenance and taxes alone are very stressful for someone who may be living on social security or a small retirement income these days.

But, how do you make such a weighty decision?

Well, do you plan to stay in the same area you live now?

Do you want to stay near the kids or perhaps go somewhere you always wanted to live?   Would you prefer to live in a better climate? I know I prefer the town in Florida where I grew up over the city in Texas where I live now. However, I have other factors beside personal preference to consider, and I have to consider them completely before deciding whether to give up my current home.

Your questions demand answers before you can decide to stay in your home, sell it, or try something exotic like a reverse mortgage.

If you plan to move to a “better climate” to live in a healthier manner, consider the climate itself.

Many of us suffer from allergies, hay fever, or may experience other ailments due to climate changes. If you plan to live healthier and reduce your risks of upper respiratory conditions, for example, then consider your options before making a decision to move.

Also, consider whether or not you can get the services you need in the area you are thinking of moving to. Some people think that they might want to retire to Mexico, for example, only to find out after the fact that it was not a good choice for them.

You want to consider your budget as well. If you are living on a fixed income, you might consider low-cost housing designed with seniors in mind.

In your community, you may find such housing for seniors, but it is not available everywhere, and not all “senior living” facilities are the same.

Today, most senior living facilities or communities have websites which describe their amenities in detail.  Many also offer a free visit with a chance to view the living areas, sample the meals, and meet the staff.  If you choose to move into a retirement community, such as my 93 year old mother did three years ago, you will likely meet new friends (as she has), and perhaps learn new skills (she’s learning to use the computer) which makes life more purposeful and fulfilling.

In any case, once you’ve made the decision to relocate, or not, it takes quite a burden off your mind.

Don’t get me wrong. There will always be some stress in your life that you will not have control of. However, once you’ve made one of the biggest decisions, about where you going to live, start thinking about just enjoying life.

You might want to join an exercise group, take up yoga, or get some neighbors to join you for a walk. Walk on sunny days so your body gets natural Vitamin D from the Sun, but use plenty of sunblock. Taking a daily multivitamin supplement can help fill in nutritional blanks. The vitamins and minerals in a good daily multivitamin will help keep your bones strong and bodily functions running much more efficiently.

Exercising helps keep us fit and is a good way to meet new people while having fun.

Don’t forget to watch your diet and make sure your getting enough vitamins to keep yourself healthy. If not sure what vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients you need and how much you need to take, consult you physician. He or she can help you make a plan or send you to a dietician to help you with it.

Sometimes as we grow older, we don’t eat as much as we should or not enough of the right things, so supplemental vitamins are needed. Your family healthcare provider can help you with this too.   Another point, by the way, is that, as we age, our bodies become less efficient at extracting and using the nutrients available in the foods we eat. This is another reason for taking a daily multivitamin supplement.

The world is filled with various lifestyle options, so make your life your own by staying healthy and avoid sweating the small stuff. Making sound decisions is a great start to living free, which promotes healthy aging.

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SENIOR HEALTH TIPS

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About Donovan Baldwin

I am a 68 year-old fitness fan and freelance writer. I am retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years of service and am a University of West Florida alumnus (BA Accounting 1973). For several years, I have been writing and publishing articles on many subjects with a concentration on health, fitness, exercise, and weight loss.
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