Our society has spent the past 40 years making growing old seem increasingly dangerous. It’s fair to say that we are culturally obsessed with memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease, despite the fact that baby boomers are the healthiest generation in history.
It’s true that many older people suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s, but this isn’t something that should overshadow all of old age, making it a dire phase of life. Aging is coming into “selfhood.” As youth passes by, and physical limitations occur, a person learns to take pleasure out of who they have become and what is in front of them, rather than focusing on thrills and a fast pace.
Age is certainly a factor in the decline of our bodies. There’s no way around that, but there are many things that can be done in spite of it.
Exercise is the prime source in the drive to preserve vitality. It is the foundation of staying flexible and feeling good as the years pass. Being in shape helps to free people, old and young alike, from physical limitations. It also boosts confidence. Seniors who exercise regularly will feel less isolated as they walk or a jog around the neighborhood. It gets them outside, they become a familiar face around the neighborhood and the exercise creates a positive attitude.
Those muscle aches, painful joints, or discomfort that many older people experience are not necessarily a natural part of aging. It’s a good idea to see a doctor if anything seems wrong, rather than relegate it to “getting old.” Professional guidance can help seniors figure out the best way to reduce these aches and pains. More often than not, an exercise regimen will be recommended. A doctor will know exactly what to advise in order to reduce and diminish specific complaints.
It is possible to override the typical signs of aging. It’s important to be aware of the signals that the body sends, in order to more actively defend against a declining physicality. Some seniors feel a bit stiffer than they used to when they wake up in the morning, while others find themselves opting for the elevator rather than the stairs.
Regular doctor visits are a must, as is finding the time to get regular exercise. It doesn’t have to be intense activity, walking for 45 minutes, three times per week, will do the trick. The key ingredient to healthy aging is activity.
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