There’s no set playbook when it comes to getting older. Old age affects us all very differently. Some people struggle with their mobility from mid-life. Others are still out hiking at 90. Some people start to experience growing health concerns. Others feel fit and healthy. Some older people feel lonely and depressed. Others are surrounded by friends and family. We can face many issues in later life, and it can be a challenging time. Maintaining good health and well-being will depend on how your mind and body cope with old age’s challenges. But here’s a look at some tips that could help you however you feel.
Spend Time with Friends
Loneliness is a big problem for older people. Many find retirement is too quiet and isolated following a hectic working life. Some people find that following the death of a partner, they struggle to get out and about. This loneliness can lead to depression, a lack of physical activity, and even signs of cognitive decline.
Spending time with friends will help you to stay active, give you people to talk to, and mean that you are around people who will support and look after you. If you are struggling with isolation, you may consider moving to assisted senior living in Draper, UT, where making friends and becoming part of the community will be easier.
Continue to be Active
Reduced mobility or other health concerns can make the activity more difficult or painful. But staying active will help strengthen your joints and improve flexibility, reduce the risk of heart disease and other issues, and even improve your mental health.
Activity in later life won’t be the same as it was in your youth. You’ll have to take it easier and adapt exercise, but walking (with an aid if necessary), swimming, yoga, and even pottering in your garden can all be great ways to stay active.
Listen to Your Body
Our bodies change as we age, and our ‘normal’ isn’t always the same. Pay attention to these changes so that you know your new normal. If anything feels different, or you have worries, visit your doctor.
Get Regular Check-Ups
Not all illnesses have immediate and obvious symptoms. As we get older, it’s easy for things to creep up unnoticed among all of the changes. Regular check-ups, even when you feel in good health, can help you to spot things early.
Break Out of Your Routines
Routines are great. They keep us on track and help us to avoid stress and burnout when we are busy. But in later life, when you have more free time, you might find that routine leads to boredom. Try going for a different walk or changing your route. Meet friends in other places. Watch various TV shows and try things that you might not usually do. This can help to keep your mind active and alert.
Find Hobbies That You Love
Having hobbies that you love and either make you smile or help you relax (or both) will improve your mood and mental health and give you a sense of purpose. All of which will enhance your well-being and quality of life.
For many of us, maintaining good health and well-being gets harder as we age. But the fundamental principles of exercise, healthy eating, sleep, and socialization are the same at any age.