People do tend to become weaker and more vulnerable after a certain age, but we do have control over that. We have all seen people belonging to the same age group looking and acting in a very dissimilar way, which makes it self-evident that time does not affect everyone in the same way. Admittedly, no one can really stop the detrimental effects of aging, but most of us have the power to control it. As for how to exercise that power, this is what we will be discussing next.
Regular Medical Checkups
Regular medical checkups are often avoided for fear of what they might reveal, but that is a mistake. As we grow older, the need for regular medical checkups becomes more important than before to detect future health problems at their earliest stages. This foreknowledge can help us plan a lifestyle that will help in eliminating, curing, managing, and/or slowing down its detrimental effects.
For example, if diabetes is detected, treated, and managed well before it can start affecting the patient’s organs, there is a chance that the patient will not have to experience the disease’s more detrimental effects, even in their old age. If a patient is found to be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s, both the onset and the progress of the disease can be slowed down with preventive treatment and activities. Other diseases such as fatty liver, fatty pancreas, and even certain types of cancer can be reversed to a great extent, as long as the condition is detected early, and the patient actively works to remain as healthy as possible.
Seeking Early Assistance
The problem with seeking assistance is that we identify the very act as a sign of being unhealthy, which is mostly accurate. However, that assumption is only accurate because seniors tend to wait till the last minute before calling for assistance. By that time, their health has already deteriorated to a point where they are left with no other option. In truth, assisted living does not have to be a last-ditch, emergency option, and that’s precisely why the act of seeking early assistance is very different.
When you first begin to realize that carrying on with your daily chores and activities is proving to be a more difficult task than it should be, seek assistance at that point. Check to see what communities for assisted living San Diego has to offer, and then make your own choice. Living in a methodically maintained healthy environment with others from the same age group can do wonders for both our physical and mental wellbeing.
Supplement Your Diet
Consult with your physician and dietician to supplement your diet. The supplementation becomes essential with time because age tends to reduce and even eliminate our ability to process and produce certain essential/nonessential nutrients and enzymes. Personalization is highly recommended, but the following are common supplements that are known to help aging individuals stay healthy.
- Vitamin – C, D, E, B6 & B12
- Beta carotene
Even though it is going to be the most common advice you will receive from all your medical professionals, the need for the elderly to exercise daily cannot be overstated. Unless exercise is prohibited by your physician, try to dedicate 15 -20 minutes of your day to any exercise of your choice. Just make sure that it makes you physically exert yourself.