Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age and that doesn’t change just because you have a few more grey hairs. As we grow older, we experience an increasing number of major life changes, including career changes and retirement, children leaving home, the loss of loved ones, and physical changes. How we handle and grow from these changes is the key to staying healthy. Coping with change is difficult, no matter how old you are.
The particular challenge for adults over 50 years is the sheer number of changes and transitions that start to occur – including children moving away, the loss of parents, friends, and other loved ones, changes to or the end of your career, declining health, and even loss of independence. It’s natural to feel those losses. But if that sense of loss is balanced with positive ingredients, you have a formula for staying healthy as you age.
Healthy aging means to continually reinvent yourself as you pass through landmark ages such as 60, 70, 80 and beyond. It means finding new things you enjoy, learning to adapt to change, staying physically and socially active, and feeling connected to your community and loved ones. Unfortunately for many, aging brings anxiety and fear instead. How will I take care of myself late in life? What if I lose my spouse? What is going to happen to my mind? However, many of these fears stem from myths about aging that are exaggerated by the media or simply untrue. The truth is that you are stronger and more resilient than you may think. Some of the myths and facts about ageing and health are as follows:
- Aging means declining health and/or disability. There are some diseases that are common with ageing. However, getting older does not automatically mean poor health or that you will be confined to a walker or wheelchair. Plenty of older adults enjoy vigorous health, often better than many younger people. Preventive measures like healthy eating, exercising and managing stress can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases or injuries later in life.
- Memory loss is an inevitable part of aging. As you age, you may eventually notice you don’t remember things as easily as in the past, or memories may start to take a little longer to retrieve. However, significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and new learning can occur at any age and there are many things you can do to keep your memory sharp. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits.
- You can’t teach old dog new tricks. One of the most damaging myths of aging is that after a certain age, you just won’t be to try anything new or contribute things anymore. The opposite is true. Middle aged and older adults are just as capable of learning new things and thriving in new environments, plus they have the wisdom that comes with life experience. If you believe in and have confidence in yourself, you are setting up a positive environment for change no matter your age.
We give you tips that can help you maintain your physical and emotional health as well as live life to the fullest, whatever your age. Eat well, exercise, spend time with your loved ones, engage in spiritual activities, have a positive mental attitude, rest and sleep, and you’ll remain healthy. You will not die now for God has promised you longevity of life.