"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Pointers for a Healthier Retirement

As people get older, they become slower and less active. With age comes health problems, fluctuating weight, chronic pain, and a host of other physical and mental issues. That’s why many seniors give up many of their hobbies. However, you need to keep your mind and body active to stave off the effects of aging. Otherwise, you won’t be able to make the most of your sunset years.

We don’t need to read scientific studies to know that physical activity is an essential component of good health. The more active you are, the more you enjoy the benefits of a fit and healthy body. You can even add years to your life, even if you’re new to exercising. But the goal isn’t just to live longer. We also want to live a richer and more fulfilling life.

Regular physical activity allows you to manage your pain and weight better, improves cardiovascular performance, and keeps your energy up for all the activities you enjoy doing. People with a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to get sick and have memory loss. Small tweaks to your lifestyle can have a big impact on your overall well-being.

Take all your medication

Just because you feel invincible doesn’t mean you actually are. Physical activity isn’t meant to replace your medical regimen. Age brings a higher risk of health complications, and you need to take all your medication as directed by your primary care provider. That said, it pays to review all the medication you’re taking on a regular basis. In some cases, your physician might be able to take away some of your prescriptions if they see improvements in your health.

Following your doctor’s orders is paramount, but you also might want to educate yourself about all the medicine you’ve been prescribed. You can also ask your pharmacist for information about side effects and contraindications.

See your doctor regularly

Just as motorists send their cars to an auto mechanic for preventive maintenance, so should you see your doctor on a regular basis. Regular visits to your physician, dentist, and specialist healthcare providers ensure that your body is in top physical condition. It’s also one of the best ways to spot health issues early on. That way, you can seek treatment while the problem is still small.

Age is only a number, but your health issues are real. If you’re juggling multiple chronic conditions, and you find that they are affecting your quality of life, you might want to consult with a geriatrician. Geriatricians specialize in the healthcare of older people, and they might be able to offer medical advice that best serves your needs.

Embrace healthy eating

Healthy food

You no longer have the metabolism you once had in your youth. You also no longer have the luxury of eating processed junk without repercussions. If you’re truly serious about living better in old age, you need to embrace a healthy diet. Following a healthy diet ensures your body gets the nutrition it needs. Certain food types also lower the risk of certain conditions.

To simplify your diet, you might want to follow a proper dietary plan so you don’t have to second-guess what you can and cannot eat. If you have a health condition that limits your ability to consume certain food and drinks, consult with a registered nutritionist to create a meal plan that accommodates your limitations.

Connect with people

Recluses die earlier and are more likely to develop physical and mental conditions. Staying socially active within your assisted-living community and connecting with people can result in a long list of health benefits. According to a recent study, seniors who were more socially active were healthier and happier.

If you find it difficult to connect with people, don’t fret. There are lots of things you can do to stay socially active. For instance, you can reconnect with old friends or keep in close contact with your family. You can also join groups of people with similar interests as yours.

These are just some of the ways you can age better and healthier. Many people give up on life as they age, but you owe it to yourself to make the most of your sunset years. As long as you adopt a positive mindset, there’s no limit to what you can do.

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