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How to Age Well

May 13, 2019

No one likes to admit they are aging, but it is a fact of life. Aging doesn’t have to mean a decline. Simple actions can help us enjoy life as it evolves.

 

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    1. Get Plenty of Exercise
      Turns out that exercise is great for the heart, brain and every other organ. Weight bearing exercise can also help with bone density. The same exercises that promote physical health also help thinking. Thirty minutes of walking five days a week slowed memory problems in most cases.
    2. Prevent Falling
      Pay attention to adequate lighting and appropriate footwear. Loose rugs and high thresholds should be avoided if possible.
    3. Watch Your Diet
      Diets that are high in fresh fruits, and vegetables, fish, olive oil and nuts are very beneficial. Monitor your intake of processed foods, red meat, salt and sugar which can be detrimental to health.
    4. Nurture Emotional and Social Health
      It’s beneficial to have a rich social network, which is defined as the number of people you talk to in a week for more than fifteen minutes. The strength of your social network is proportional to your risk of hospitalization and physical disability.


By far, one of the most important things to aging well is to stay cognitively engaged. You don’t need to be a physicist, you just need to make your brain work on a daily basis.

Facts:

  1. Age doesn’t determine success.
    The founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken started the business at the age of 65!
  2. We lose a few bones along the way.
    We are born with 350 bones in our skeleton but during our aging, our bones fuse together leaving us with 206 bones as adults.
  3. Seniors hold the most voting power.
    Those 60 and over cast more ballots than any other age group. 
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