Lifestyle Tips for Helping Seniors Fight the Aging Process
As we age, our hearing, vision, and manual dexterity decline. Making telephone calls becomes increasingly difficult thanks to a combination of touchscreen smartphones and arthritic fingers. Listening to the radio or television is not easy for the hard of hearing, and if you are suffering from cataracts or macular degeneration, driving is no longer an option. All of these factors combined make the natural aging process stressful and difficult to deal with.
We can’t fight the natural aging process, but there are many things we can do to make it easier. Here are a few worth trying.
Take More Exercise
OK, so this is an obvious one, but plenty of seniors avoid exercise because they are not as mobile as they once were. The problem is that the more you sit around, the less mobile you become. Instead, try to do some gentle exercise as often as you can. Walking, yoga, and Pilates are all good choices for seniors. Swimming is also an excellent form of exercise, as the water supports your weight and it can ease painful arthritic joints.
Keep Your Brain Active
When it comes to our brain, it’s a case of ‘use it or lose it’. Brain cells die off at an alarming rate as we age, but keeping the mind active helps to repair the damage and build new neural pathways. There are plenty of way to keep your brain ticking over, from doing a daily crossword or Sudoku puzzle, to enjoying spirited conversations with friends and taking part in quizzes. Anything that makes you think is good. You could even sign up for a college course if you fancy a challenge!
Stay in Touch with Loved Ones
Many seniors suffer from social isolation; especially when family live many hundreds of miles away. It’s not always easy to stay in touch with friends and family if you have mobility issues or you have other health problems, but modern technology does make it a bit easier. Invest in a tablet computer so you can enjoy video chats with family and friends, or if you struggle with touchscreens and computers, look for a simple flip cell phone with large easy-to-see buttons and no fancy features.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Instead of subsisting on a diet of junk food and ready meals, start making an effort to prepare healthy meals containing fresh fruit and vegetables. Cooking is a pleasure when you have time to prepare nice dishes, so look for recipes and experiment with ingredients. Even if you don’t have much money to spend on food, you can still be creative. Buy groceries at local farmers’ markets or have a go at growing some simple vegetables in your back yard. It’s easy to cultivate tomatoes and beans in a backyard tub, and it’s a lot cheaper than buying them from the store!
Remember to ask for help if you are struggling with preparing food or shopping for groceries. In addition, if you have any health issues, speak to your physician.