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WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY IN YOUR 70S

There are many reasons to keep your brain and body active. Exercising keeps your brain active, and develops creativity which can absolutely help to prevent cognitive decline and memory problems. Growing can result in losing a lot more than just people in your life. It weakens the mental and physical health. However, it is a myth that you cannot do anything about it. Taking charge of your mind is totally in your control. There are activities that will help you to do so.

Reading regulates your mind in a way that watching TV doesn’t. Mayo Clinic Study of Ageing found that reading books (in addition to other cognitive activities) can lead to a 50% decrease in your chances of developing dementia. Get enough sleep. Quality sleep can help in good regulation of your brain, heart and blood vessels.  Staying mentally active may help sustain your memory and thinking skills. 

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  • Reading books
  • Playing games related to memory, concentration.
  • Spend more time on hobbies, 
  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Learn a new language

Ageing can cause the weakening of certain parts of your body. Ageing might bring difficulty in focusing on objects that are close. Ageing affects your eye’s lens, causing clouded vision. Regulating the bits of advice given by doctor about glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids can be impressive. Take the precautions suggested by the doctor. Brush your teeth twice a day. Take precautions when you’re outdoors, use sunscreen and wear protecting clothing. Check your skin regularly and report changes to the doctor. Metabolism slows down at this age. Maintain a healthy weight by having a healthy diet. 

Schedule regular checkups for you’re:

  • Eyes
  • Teeth
  • Skin
  • Health 

Exercise is an essential practice in life. However, a wrong one can make things look bad. Consult a doctor before starting an exercise. Understand the right exercise for your body type. Find an activity that excites you. Try to accompany someone or involve in a group which will keep you motivated. Give it a slow start in a case where the exercise you chose is new to you and will take time to adjust with your healthy habit. Involve with someone you know to exercise with. Motivate each other while this will also enhance your social bond. Make it a regular routine and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. 

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  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Other Exercises

Age-related structural changes have a huge impact on your dietary. It can result in constipation and slower metabolism in growing people. Proper medications must be taken for medical conditions such as diabetes and other medications. Put a limit in high-fat meats, dairy products and sweets. Eat well and healthy at this stage of life. As you age, your relationship with the food might change with your body. Limit foods high in saturated fat and salt. Drink plenty of water. Consider having a balanced intake of alcohol. Indulging with too much of alcohol will result in confusion and memory loss.

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  • Fresh fruits and vegetables 
  • Have whole grains, high-fibre foods 
  • And lean sources of protein, such as fish.

Maintaining relationships is one of the greatest challenges while ageing. Staying connected isn’t always easy when you’re growing older. Connect with the family and relatives. Spend time with people who make you feel better. Talk to your neighbours and try to bond on a regular basis. Make new friends especially if they are younger to you. Young people reenergize and help in giving a positive perception towards life. Make sure you meet up to one person a day if not in person then try to contact someone over phone or email. Volunteer in communities to strengthen your social bond which will encourage you to meet people with similar interests. Try to join support groups at the time of need. Participating in social support groups can be very helpful when you interact with people undergoing the same challenges. 

TIPS:

  • Meet at least one person a day
  • Spend time with family, friends
  • Hangout with younger people

Ageing is a process that cannot be stopped. You can make your choices on how to live with it. By preparing yourself mentally, you can adapt to the new lifestyle to maintain an active life. You can continue doing the things you like but if that is interrupting your healthy lifestyle then you can try to reduce it. Implement these things and experience the difference.