The Tips You Need to Make Sure You Age Fabulously
Let’s face it, we are all getting older … this includes me as you can clearly see from the fine lines, always needing glasses and hitch in my giddy-up.
Healthy aging is all about celebrating the positive aspects of getting older and focusing on our changing physical and mental needs. So, to help us all age fabulously, the FDA and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) have several tips:
EAT A HEALTHY DIET
Making healthy food choices, like eating more fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, healthy fats and lean proteins can help protect you from some health problems and improve brain function, improving your overall well-being.
Staying active is essential for maintaining a healthy weight and maintaining muscle mass, which can help us live longer and better. The key is to find what motivates you.
MANAGE HEALTH CONDITIONS
Make sure to book your appointment now and see your doctor at least once a year. Regular screenings are essential in helping improve existing health conditions and in uncovering new conditions early so they can be treated. It is also important to limit your alcohol consumption and to quit smoking, as both lead to social and physical changes that make older people more susceptible to alcohol misuse and abuse, and premature aging.
FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
Your mental wellness has more of an impact on you than you might think. It affects how you think, feel, act, make choices, and relate to others. When you don’t pay attention to your mental health, you can start feeling lonely, isolated, stressed and depressed. This is why it’s important to find leisure activities and hobbies you enjoy and take care of your cognitive health by learning new skills and engaging in stimulating activities like reading, writing and playing games. Practicing mindful meditation has also been shown to improve your mood, lower stress and create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
You know when you don’t get enough sleep, you are usually irritable, forgetful and can also become depressed. That’s because the quality of your sleep impacts your memory and mood. It has also been associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid, which is a protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease. Getting good sleep is known to lower rates of insulin resistance, heart disease and obesity. So, make sure you follow a regular sleep schedule and avoid naps late in the day.
As you follow these tips for healthy aging, you may find you need to take some prescribed medications or supplements. But what do you do when those pills are so big, they look like something a horse should be taking or they dissolve quickly and leave a terribly bitter taste in your mouth? What’s worse, trying to swallow these pills or not aging as fabulously as you could? This is where MEDCOAT can help. MEDCOAT is a coating that covers pills allowing them to slide down your throat easily and covers up any bad tastes. I opt for aging fabulously, thanks to MEDCOAT!