The Secret To Healthy Aging Isn’t As Big As You Might Think | New
It is not easy to grow old. However, if you want to live to old age, you have to work there; you have to promise yourself to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health.
âThe ability to age as much as possible begins when you are young and healthy and continues long after you have officially become a senior. As we got older, some of us swapped healthy lifestyles for easier, more unhealthy routines. But it’s never too late to make a commitment to make a difference, even if you’re already a senior, âsays Rebecca Weber, CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens. [AMAC].
You already know that exercise is an important part of aging well; surely your doctors, friends and family have told you. But there is nothing to fear. You can surely take a daily walk no matter how far or how fast you walk. A little exercise is better than no exercise. The idea is to keep moving forward, according to Weber.
Centers for Disease Control [CDC] says, âAs an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles to get stronger so that you can continue with your daily activities without becoming dependent on others.
It is also important to get a good night’s sleep. The recommendation of most health experts is that older people need at least seven hours of undisturbed sleep every night. There is compelling medical evidence that exercise and a good night’s sleep are two important parts of brain health.
âExperts thought brain development peaked in late adolescence and it all escalated from there. They believed that if a person lost brain cells due to issues like a head trauma, stroke, or drug addiction, nothing could be done to restore memory and brain function. Today, thanks to discoveries in neuroscience, we know that the brain can develop new cells and form new neural connections. Like our muscles and other parts of the body, the brain can rebuild itself through repeated use and exercise, âsay health experts at Kaiser Permanente.
In fact, according to Kaiser Permanente, sleep is essential for preventing memory loss, as are activities that focus on mental and physical health.
You should also focus on your “social health,” suggests AMAC’s Weber. We have had a year and a half of social isolation and there is more to come before we see the end of the COVID pandemic. But it’s important that you pay attention to your human need for social interaction.
COVID notwithstanding, Harvard Medical School says, âResearch is showing more and more that strong social bonds are essential to the health of your brain. Socialization can stimulate attention and memory and help strengthen neural networks. You might just be laughing and talking, but your brain is working hard. This increase in mental activity pays off over time … Scientists have found that people with strong social connections are less likely to experience cognitive decline than people who spend most of their time alone. In fact, a large study, which included some 12,000 participants, suggests that when people are alone, their risk of dementia increases by up to 40%.
What you eat is also important for your physical and mental health. For example, they don’t call fish brain food for nothing. Fish like salmon, trout, albacore tuna, herring, and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids. âYour brain uses omega-3s to build brain and nerve cells, and these fats are essential for learning and memory,â according to the Healthline website.