Something that we must all embrace is that we’re going to get older! Still, that doesn’t mean your twilight years as a senior citizen have to be depressing, boring, or fraught with medical problems!
As you can appreciate, staying healthy and mentally sharp is important throughout your life, but it’s especially more crucial during your senior years. Throughout our time on Earth, we will experience all kinds of things, some of them being the best times in our lives, and others not so good. The key to growing old gracefully is how we handle those snapshots in our lives and the ways that we maintain our physical and emotional health.
If you want to make sure that your body is functioning as well as possible during your senior years, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure that happens. Want to know what they are? Keep reading to find out more!
Get screened for age-related medical conditions
Our bodies, much like mechanical machines, for example, can only be efficient for so long before things stop working properly due to age-related wear. To enjoy a long and healthy life, it makes sense to get screened for any age-related medical conditions that your age group is likely to suffer from.
While it may sound like I am a prophet of doom, certain health risks increase the older we get. Prevention is better than the cure, as they say, so you should consider seeing your doctor at least once a year for a full medical check-up.
Cancer is something that is sadly not a rare medical disease in today’s modern world. For older women, the chances of getting breast or ovarian cancer are higher as you age. And, for men, the same can be said about prostate cancer.
While there is plenty of information and awareness about breast and ovarian cancer, many men don’t understand the typical symptoms of the disease – at least, not until the cancer is at an advanced stage. According to https://comprehensive-urology.com/prostate-cancer/, men over the age of 45 have a one in six chance of developing prostate cancer.
So, in short: please get a medical at least annually to spot any problems early before they potentially get worse.
Keep your mind sharp and focused
When you retire, life will be somewhat different to what it was like when you used to work for a living. Now that you have unlimited free time on your hands, you might feel “out of sync” because you no longer have a routine.
For many senior citizens, it can be easy to just spend each day doing little to nothing. But, it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused when you are no longer working. Doing so lessens the chance of developing medical conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease, for instance.
If you wanted to take up some new hobbies and pastimes, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. Perhaps you would like to give something back to your community by doing some voluntary work. Having a routine and a sense of purpose will ensure that your mind stays healthy and in good working order for as long as you live!
Laughter is the best medicine
Another thing you should always do in your twilight years is to socialize. Whether it’s with existing friends or making new ones, enjoying the company of others and having a good laugh every so often is good for your mind, body, and soul.
Maintaining a strong social life will also lower the risk of developing any mental health conditions such as depression, especially if you live alone or are widowed. And if you think that “laughter is the best medicine” is just an old saying, read this to find out why it’s actually true: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456.
Take up exercising
Just because you are in your senior years doesn’t mean you should give up doing any form of physical exercise! Did you know that even just regularly walking a few miles each day is good for your health?
You may also find there are plenty of local exercise classes and groups aimed at your age group. So, if you’re worried about feeling intimidated by not being around other similarly-aged people, don’t be!
Now that you no longer have a 9 to 5 job, you will have plenty of time on your hands to do lots of fun things. If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug in the past but seldom had the time to explore the world around you, now is your chance to live the dream!
Where you go is up to you, of course! You may wish to spend some time living out of an RV and traveling across the United States. Or you may want to go on a cruise around the world and explore all kinds of exotic destinations.
You might be wondering what traveling has to do with improving the health of your body. Well, the answer is simple: you get to relax and de-stress. That means you are more likely to have a better night’s sleep, plus you’ll get plenty of exercise from all the exploring you do on foot!
Remove the stressful things in your life
Last, but not least, it’s important to get rid of anything in your life that keeps stressing you out. If you’re always anxious or worried, you won’t be doing your health any good – both from a mental and physical point of view.
Sometimes, that might mean making radical changes in your life if the cause of your stress is down to other people or even things like the property where you live.
It’s worth taking some time out to evaluate your life and determine which things make you unhappy the most and how you can reverse the situation.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and have taken away some useful thoughts to consider.