Aging Happily and Gracefully

Aging Happily and Gracefully 

We may not always look forward to aging, especially when it comes to looks, but it is a fact of life. However, there is much more to aging than just “looking older”.

Aging happily and gracefully involves taking care of your body and mind while enjoying all of what life has to offer.

Here are some tips for aging happily and gracefully.

Tips For Aging Happily and Gracefully 

 

1. Exercise

Exercise lowers your risk for several diseases, keeps you moving longer, builds muscle while burning fat, strengthens your bones, and boosts your mood. It can also reduce stress and help you sleep. 

Incorporate both aerobic and strength exercises into your routine. Aerobic exercises include

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Dancing

Strength exercises use weights, resistance bands, or your own body weight to build muscle, strengthen bones, and burn fat.

Aside from the health benefits, exercise can provide social opportunities. At Northeast Adult Daycare, we have daily exercise groups so you can make new friends, hang out with old ones, and keep your body healthy.

2. Consume a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet keeps you in shape, but it also helps you age healthily. Stick to a balanced diet composed of the foods recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

  • Lean protein (beans, fish, poultry, lean red meat)
  • Fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and veggies
  • Healthy fats
  • Whole grains
  • Low-fat or fat-free dairy
  • Minimize salt intake (to prevent high blood pressure)

To help you keep a healthy diet, our daycare center has a dietician on hand to ensure proper nutrition for seniors.
 

3. Get Enough Sleep 

Getting plenty of quality sleep is crucial to good physical and mental health. Strive to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

Sleep has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and obesity, as well as keep depression and stress at bay.

Tips for improving the quantity and quality of sleep:

  • Establish a bedtime routine
  • Make your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet
  • Cease using electronic devices an hour before bed
  • Avoid caffeine later than noon
  • Exercise daily

 

4. Reduce Your Stress

Stress can negatively affect your body in many ways. Too much stress can worsen or increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and depression, 

Stress management techniques are the key to alleviating stress. Try some of the following:

  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Relaxation techniques (Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, breathing exercises)
  • Talking to friends

 

5. Keep Your Mind Sharp

About 1 out of every 8 older adults in the US have Alzheimer’s disease. Although some cognitive decline occurs naturally with aging, you can keep your brain sharp through a lifestyle that encourages thinking skills. 

Engage regularly in activities that require intellectual stimulation. Take up new hobbies, learn a new skill, read and write, attend local university lectures, etc.

 

6. Socialize

Living alone can cause loneliness, which can then lead to depression. Older adults often feel alone or isolated due to lifestyle changes that happen later in life. 

Socializing can combat loneliness. Keep in contact with family and friends regularly — meet up with them over coffee or lunch and catch up. 

Take up new hobbies as well. You can meet new people and enrich your life with new activities.

In addition, consider volunteer work. Volunteer work facilitates building friendships with other volunteers while you help your community.

At Northeast Adult Daycare, we provide services that address each one of these tips so that you can enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle as you get older. We are open 7 days per week, 365 days per year, so contact us today


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