Aging has a dark underside that sometimes means that our physical and mental vitality leaves us and we wilt in our twilight years. But this does not need to be. On the bright side, we know that we can preserve our bodies and our minds, and enhance our vitality. This article focuses on the art of aging and what measures we can take to get the fulfillment out of life that we desire.
Did you know that high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes are risk factors for dementia? These risks become more severe due to smoking, lack of exercise and high cholesterol. As we age, it becomes increasingly important to control these disorders in order to maintain good mental health as aging progresses.
You may want to take resveratrol. Researchers have found some promising connections between calorie restricted diets and anti-aging benefits. Resveratrol is found naturally in both grapes and nuts. The substance itself is also derived from Japanese knotweed, which is frequently used to produce resveratrol supplements. There is also reseveratrol in a south American bush called Senna quinquangulata.
To slow down the aging process, do some aerobic exercise everyday mixed with occasional light weight training. Numerous scientific studies have shown that exercise improves muscle strength, stamina, bone density and balance. As these four things deteriorate with age, regular exercise could help keep your body in good condition well into your 80s and beyond.
All women over 65 should be tested for bone density since this is the only way to diagnose osteoporosis. Some doctors recommend baseline bone density scans at menopause and at regular intervals after. Predicting fracture risk and determining rate of bone loss can help in the monitoring and prevention of osteoporosis.
The appearance of your skin is a key element to looking and feeling younger, so take care of your skin by using moisturizers. This will keep the skin hydrated and soft. Sometimes it will help to work with a professional dermatologist to determine the right type of lotion and moisturizer that is best for you.
Most everyone is lacking one vitamin or another, but one vitamin that most people, especially those that are aging don’t get enough of is Vitamin D. Vitamin D helps your internal health as well as your well-being, so to age gracefully, begin by getting a little sunlight each day, which is the best source of Vitamin D. It is also acceptable to supplement with foods high in Vitamin D as well as vitamin supplements.
Focus on the things you can do and the things you like to do. Aging can be frustrating because you begin to be unable to do the things that you once did. That can’t be changed, but your attitude can. Keep your focus on the things you are still able to do and then do them!
Sign up to a new class. It is never too late to learn something new, so consider attending some public lectures or joining a community class. Choose a topic you are interested it, whether it is computers, gardening, crafts, philosophy, foreign languages, or quantum physics. Continuous learning will stop your mind from being idle.
Be independent. It might be easier to start to let others do things for you, but to stay vibrant, maintain your sense of independence and your ability to do things for yourself as you get older. Not only will it keep you busy, but you stay strong as you do things for yourself.
Growing old is old fashioned. Our increased health spans mean that we are younger than we think. Aging with grace is an art and takes effort to see the beauty in it at times. So, go out and live life to the fullest because you are not as old as you think.