Staying healthy and feeling your best are important for women of all ages, no matter how many laugh lines or wrinkles you have.
As we age, we experience major life changes at a faster rate than we did in our youth. Among them are things like retirement, children leaving home, loss of loved ones, and physical changes. While we can’t stop aging (or the changes that come with it), we cando our best to maintain our physical and emotional health and live life to its fullest.
Your guide to healthy aging
Many people feel anxious about getting older because of age-related mental or physical health concerns, but you are stronger and more resilient than you may realize. While you might need to alter your daily habits or find new hobbies to stay physically and socially active, it doesn’t mean you can’t age healthfully. Here is a guide to healthy aging:
- Eat a heart-healthy diet
Fill your plate with colorful fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat or fat-free dairy fortified with vitamin D.
- Drink more water
With age comes a diminished sensation of thirst. Be sure you’re getting plenty of fluids to keep your body, organs and skin healthy.
It is more difficult for older skin to retain its moisture. Help maintain elasticity with a daily moisturizing routine.
- Stay active
Find something you enjoy and do it for about 20-30 minutes every day. It can be as easy as taking a walk, bike ride or swim.
- Stay social
Regularly interacting with other people can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression and reduce the risk of some physical health concerns. Plus, it can be fun!
- Visit your doctor
Regular checkups are important for staying healthy and avoiding disease. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms or concerns you have.
- Reduce stress
Your ability to manage stress naturally decreases with age, so it’s important to flush out stress hormones from the brain through regular exercise, meditation, breathing techniques and restorative sleep.
- Prevent falls
Focus on strength and balance exercises to help reduce your risk of falling. Be sure to visit your eye doctor to make sure your prescription is up-to-date and go over medications with your doctor to find out about possible side effects that might increase your risk of falling.
- Ask for help
And don’t be shy about it! If you need part-time or full-time care, consider moving into an assisted-living community. It can improve the quality of your life and eliminate the stresses of maintaining a home.
Women have unique healthcare needs throughout every stage of life. Regular health screenings and well-woman exams are just as important aftermenopause as they were during your childbearing years. If you’re looking for a skilled Huron gynecologist, call Women’s Wellness Center at 605-554-1020. Our board-certified gynecologists are dedicated to helping you live healthfully, no matter your age or stage of life.