Aging begins at birth. Even so, the way we age changes with each successive decade of life. The following tips can help you make the most of your late senior years.
Many things can be done to prevent falls, which can result in debilitating injuries—especially hip fractures—and loss of independence. Safety measures include:
Eliminate loose electrical cords and throw rugs in your home. Make sure rooms and passageways are well lit. Use handholds in bathrooms.
Maintaining regular contact with friends and family members will help to keep you physically active and mentally sharp. The ability to make new friends at this age is especially valuable. Nurture friendships at clubs, exercise groups, church, etc.
Exercise with the goals of increasing strength and coordination. Try to do something every day to maintain your muscle strength and conditioning. Senior exercise classes, swimming, and mall walking are great choices. If illness or injury slows you down, make rehabilitation a top priority.
Although many people remain quite sharp well into their eighties, others begin to experience steep declines in mental functioning at this age. This can put you at risk for preventable injuries or complications of chronic illness. Staying healthy and happy often requires allowing others to help you with transportation, cooking, getting medical care, and other functions of daily life. If you need more support than friends and family can provide, contact your local senior service center.
You’re obviously doing something right. So keep moving, keep socializing, and celebrate your life. Longevity is a fine achievement.
Let’s face it. At this point, you probably know more about living healthy than the rest of us. Share what you’ve learned about healthy aging.
Advice based on your current decade of life.