How to Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy
While Under Home Care
Getting older and going into home care is a natural part of life, and we should celebrate our sunset years just as much as we do our youth. It comes with more wisdom and deep gratitude and appreciation for the simple pleasures that life has to offer. While it does come with lots of changes, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the aging process. All it takes is a good understanding of your body and mind and taking the effort to keep both of them healthy.
A good first step is to understand what changes your body and mind go through as you age. Here are the most common ones:
- Your heart might grow a little larger, and the heart rate could slow down as the walls of the heart grow thicker. It will still be possible to keep your heart healthy by sticking to a healthy diet.
- Your sense might grow a little duller over time, especially your sense of hearing and your sense of sight. Your sense of taste may also lose a bit of its sensitivity while your body may take longer to react to touch.
- Your bones can become more brittle and thinner as you grow older. This is more prevalent in women than in men. Sometimes, it can lead to a condition known as osteoporosis, where your bones become fragile and prone to breaking from a minor injury. You should talk to your doctor to learn about how you can prevent osteoporosis or remain safe while you have it.
- Your brain can grow smaller and lighter as neurons die without getting replaced. You might also be slightly more forgetful as you grow older, although this does not always lead to dementia. Your reflexes might grow slower, and your brain might form tangles and plaques. Many of these changes can be prevented by exercising the brain.
- Your digestive system might become more rigid, leading to nausea, stomach aches and nausea. You can improve the situation by sticking to a better diet.
- For men, old age might bring the onset of erectile dysfunction while, for women, it might lead to the loss of lubrication in the vagina after menopause. Luckily, both of these issues can be treated very easily.
- Your skin begins to wrinkle and sag as you age due to the loss of its elasticity. This can happen faster or slower, depending on how well you take care of your skin in your youth. Keep it out of the sun as much as you can and avoid smoking. Staying away from these things will also protect you from skin cancer.
How to Remain Healthy While Aging
- Engage in regular exercise to keep your body physically active. This will keep it fit and at a healthy weight.
- To keep your brain stimulated constantly, engage in brain games and also stay active with your social surrounding. Talk regularly to family and friends to stay psychologically balanced.
- Have regular checkups with the doctor. These checkups are even more important in your old age.
- Reduce your cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption.
- Get enough sleep.
It’s also important that you take care of yourself emotionally in your old age. Take your time to enjoy everything that life has to offer.