Healthy Aging And How You Can Achieve It

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Healthy Aging - Old Couple Walking

Who doesn’t want to have a good quality of life at any age? Who doesn’t want to experience healthy aging?

Yes, life has its ups and downs.

But there is always so much that we can do to better ourselves.

It will positively affect not only ourselves but the people around us as well.

“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.” – Laurie Buchanan

Every decision we make counts and has a corresponding effect. No matter how small.

As we age, or more importantly, before we age, we should consider our well-being.

Let’s tackle your lifestyle head on to improve your overall health and quality of living.

What Is Good Health?

When discussing health, we must first understand its meaning.

“It is health that is the real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

 “Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” – Anne Wilson Schaef

 “Health is a state of complete mental, social and physical well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organization, 1948

From these few quotes from notable people and institutions alone, we can see how the world places excellent health value.

Good health is synonymous with one’s well-being.

And it can be composed of three simple factors: physical, social, and mental.

Emotional and spiritual well-being is also related to one’s overall health.

You cannot merely focus on one of these factors and not care about the rest.

What Is Healthy Aging?

Good health in aging people can have a vast difference to those who are younger.

On top of the factors we’ve just mentioned about what comprises good health, aging will prove to create additional aspects to be considered in full health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes healthy aging “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age”.

WHO said that an aging person’s functional ability is about having the capabilities that allow them and all people like to be and do what they have reason to value.

They have added below some abilities that could be of great importance to seniors’ overall health. Healthy aging means they are capable of:

  • meeting their basic needs
  • learning, growing and making decisions
  • being mobile
  • building and maintaining relationships
  • contributing to society

Re-read each of these and use it to measure yourself and your loved ones in the years ahead.

How Will Healthy Aging Benefit The Elderly?

As Gandhi said, health is real wealth.

Healthy aging will equate to financial savings for you and especially for your family.

With good senior health, you will have lesser healthcare fees, required medical procedures and maintenance drugs, or severe medication.

Achieving good functional ability will mean you will need less personal care assistance.

It means you will probably need only a few hours of in-home care provided by your family or a professional home care agency instead of requiring 24/7 monitoring by a nurse in a hospital or nursing home. Health care services cost higher than personal in-home care services.

Physical pain will turn into emotional pain. And everyone close to you will know and feel your hardships. Having a healthy condition will reduce your chances of getting fatal and painful sickness and diseases.

What Practical Things Can You Do to Achieve Healthy Aging?

Healthy Aging - Old Man Working Out

Analyze And Accept

There are things you might be doing wrong right now that can hinder your goals from having a healthier lifestyle.

Take time to evaluate yourself with the next few points we have for you to consider.

Accept where you may lack in the effort. The moment you acknowledge your error, you may begin to proceed in improving yourself.

Change For The Better

Aim to make one small improvement at a time to achieve a more lasting change and way of healthy living.

Don’t decide on making drastic changes that will make you revert to your old self.

Drive and discipline also come at play. You will need these to keep focusing on your overall goal.

Improve Your Physical Health

Good physical health is doable through several factors. Let’s start with the items listed below.

Good Food

It doesn’t have to be expensive. But make sure you do some online research about affordable and healthy food choices.

It doesn’t have to taste bland. There are great recipes out there using natural and tasty ingredients.

Remember that balance is key to having a proper diet.

And if you or your fellow elderly friends and family need help in preparing nutritious meals, then you may hire Infinite Love Homecare!

We have personal care services designed to help you maintain a well-balanced diet.

Movement

Exercise and sunlight are free.

We are currently under stay-at-home orders in Orange County, California. But you may do several enjoyable and straightforward exercises at home.

Dancing and stretching a few minutes each day can be considered useful forms of exercise. It all depends on what and how much you can do without injuring yourself.

Make sure you also get the daily allowed natural sunlight exposure for both young and the elderly.

Mind

Make sure you have a social circle, no matter how small it may be.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has related an active social life to good brain health, cognitive stimulation, and mood.

So keep close contact with your family, friends, and community.

If you don’t get this as often as you would like, then it might be useful for you in your old age to consider hiring an ILH home caregiver as a fun and worthwhile companion at home.

Continue to Learn New Things About Healthy Aging

Keep all these in mind, and don’t stop trying to learn new things each day.

Read books, learn how to use new gadgets, and maybe try a new hobby.

It will help uplift your spirits and make your mind sharp as it can be.

Need professional but affordable home care services for the elderly? Set up a free evaluation with us today! Call our ILH team at (949) 529-4130 or visit our website.

 


References:

http://alzfdn.org/10-steps-for-healthy-aging/
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/150999
http://ombodyhealth.com/20-inspiring-quotes-health-life-balance/
http://www.who.int/ageing/healthy-ageing/en/

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