Healthy Aging Month is a month-long time of recognition, ultimately designed to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The mission is to encourage the development of local Healthy Aging events, promoting the concept that – no matter your age – it’s important to take personal responsibility for one’s overall health. That “health” includes physically, socially, mentally or financially.
As of 2014, Healthy Aging Month has been recognized for a period of twenty years. Developers work to provide practical tips and present alternative therapies for improving physical, mental, social and financial well-being. With the upcoming boom of older adults ages 65 and up, soaking up all the knowledge available will likely lead to longer and healthier lives.
Get Serious About Health
For seniors managing chronic conditions or medical issues, don’t be afraid to ask questions. That’s what medical professionals are there for. Ask the doctor for tips on healthy aging and then create a plan to see those ideas come to fruition.
Don’t Take a Seat
When people exercise, blood flow increases across the lining of your blood vessels. New research shows that, when blood flows faster over the blood vessel lining, it releases naturally-occurring chemicals in the brain. Often called the “feel good” chemical, endorphins are released during exercise, giving seniors a welcome burst of energy.
Think About It
To ward off an urge to overeat, just imagine eating that sweet treat. Research shows the “mental dessert” will satisfy seniors and lead to a smaller food intake.
Know Your Own Meds
Seniors are often diagnosed with chronic conditions that require daily medication administration. With so many pill bottles lying around, making time to clean out the medicine cabinet is necessary. Toss out any medication that is out of date, made from potentially hazardous ingredients or used for a condition that’s long healed.
Get into Oils
Known as the “young oils,” eating more fish oil, flax oil, olive oil and nut oil have been linked to living a longer and healthier life. On the flip side, seniors should avoid eating “old” oils. Those include partially hydrogenated, corn, cottonseed, palm kernel, safflower, sunflower and soybean oils.
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