Tips for Healthy Ageing

  • Quit smoking: This is the first and foremost critical step that you can take in order to improve your health and combat age related health complications. Smoking kills by causing deadly diseases like cancer, strokes and heart failure. If you were a smoker in your younger years and if you still are, it is not too late to quit this fatal habit.

  • Stay Active: Make it a daily routine to undertake something that keeps you fit and active. Let it be something that promotes strength, balance and flexibility and most importantly, something that you enjoy. Physical activity is critical for maintaining a healthy weight, controlling illness, promoting bone strength and reducing stress.

  • Prevent Accidental Falls: Elderly people are especially vulnerable to accident falls. They can be prevented by making small changes around your house like removing loose rugs and carpets, keeping walking paths free of cords and clutters and using night lights for hallways. Wearing good friction supporting shoes has been observed to significantly prevent falls.
  • Stay Updated with Immunizations and Health Screenings: Women over 50 should maintain regular mammography screening for breast cancer and Pap smear test for cervical cancer. Similarly, men should get screened for prostate cancer. Some preventive vaccinations against infections that can occur during old age are also available. Cholesterol, lipid profile and thyroid screenings are equally important. Consult your healthcare provider for these options.

  • Maintain a Heart Healthy Lifestyle: The chances of heart diseases increase significantly as you grow older. To combat this deadly disease, maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI), keep your blood pressure in check and eat a healthy diet with less salt/sugar and cholesterol.

  • Eat Well: A well-balanced healthy diet when combined with moderate physical activity can be the key to healthy aging. Many illnesses like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis are strong linked to what you eat. Calcium and Vitamin D can help women.

  • Stay Mentally Active: Maintain a good amount of mental activity in old age to counter dementia and cognitive impairment that come with aging. Any issues of mental lapse and memory problems should be addressed promptly.

  • Sleep Well: Many elderly people face problems with maintaining a healthy sleep cycle. Insomnia and daytime sleepiness in excess are common complaints, talk to your healthcare about such issues.

  • Manage Stress: Old age can be stressful, especially due to emotional trauma associated with loss of loved ones, major life transitions and loneliness. Try exercise and relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation. Old age can be great time to renew your social circle. Practice the art of positive thinking, it may seem small but it can take your health a long way. Keep you sense of humor, those laughing exercises may look silly but are really helpful.

  • Get Regular Check-up for dental, vision and hearing health: Your teeth, gums, vision and hearing have the potential to last a lifetime, if cared for properly. Get regular check-up with your healthcare provider to understand how old age affects these aspects and what changes you can incorporate to keep them healthy.