Nothing can hold back the passage of time and the aging process that accompanies it. Yet, there is still a lot that can be done to help slow the process of aging, resulting in a surprisingly high quality of life late into life. Take a moment from your active life to think about how you can not only take care of all those around you, but yourself as well.
Osteoporosis is a fancy word for the thinning of bones. In addition to thinning, bones can also become more brittle, and more susceptible to breakage. The thinning bones and decrease in bone mass can actually lead to falls, which of course lead to broken bones. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to prevent falls and osteoporosis.
The nervous system experiences changes as well, especially in the brain. Dementia is an illness and not a normal part of aging, but it is common to become more forgetful as one ages. Brain cells and nerves can become damaged through use over the years, so keep exercising your brain and you can prolong those healthy, mindful years.
The digestive system is also susceptible to changes due to aging. The organs of this system can become overly firm and rigid, leading to constipation, stomach aches and nausea. Constipation can become a recurring problem. Try to change your diet to accommodate some of those disruptive changes in digestion.
Be careful with dental hygiene. As we age the enamel on our teeth is worn away, allowing more cavities to develop. Have regular dental checkups and care for your teeth and gums, and they will take care of you.
The skin also goes through changes as we age. It becomes less elastic, and can sag and/or become wrinkled. How you treated your skin while you were young will determine, to a large extent, how your skin will treat you now. No matter how you treated your skin until today, you can still do better. Be on the alert for skin cancer as well.
Don’t forget: not only is your physical health crucial, but your emotional health is also vitally important. Stay active and connected to your friends and family. If you do, you will certainly live well, and long.