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As we age, life offers us many new forms of enjoyment and special pleasures. For those who are able to retire, the rest and relaxation possibilities are like a new lease on life. After years of waking up early to spend all day working, our golden years are a chance to live life on our own terms. Choosing your activities of leisure and work may come as a breath of fresh air after clocking in at a job and following a boss’s orders for so long. However, we know that aging is also associated with new health problems. Caring for your health is more important than ever as you grow older. The major signs of aging include eyesight changes, decrease in strength and stamina, memory loss, chronic illnesses, and, of course, hearing loss. Although each of these conditions is a natural result of the aging process, there are things you can do to prevent each of them or to make the transition easier on yourself.
General Health Habits
Abiding by general principles of good health is the surest way to stave off the negative effects of aging. Getting enough rest is one of the most important features of physical and mental health. Although setting reasonable hours for your sleep schedule is important, creating a restful environment is also crucial to helping your body repair each night. Be sure to keep screens and other distracting technology out of the bedroom. Fresh air can be helpful, but make sure that your bedroom is not too drafty. The temperature and humidity levels matter, as well. If you find that you need assistance with getting better sleep, contact your doctor to see if there are things you can do to promote restfulness.
Mental and physical activity is also essential to your overall health. The energy flowing through our bodies and minds keep the cobwebs out of our joints and thought processes. Incorporating physical activity into your daily lives doesn’t have to be as complicated or expensive as a gym membership. Simply making the choice to walk to the nearby grocery store or to climb the stairs rather than taking the elevator is a good place to start. Getting in the habit of taking a brief walk after dinner is a good way to aid digestion and get some fresh air. Mental activity comes in all forms. Reading a wide variety of texts is important, not only the news but also fiction, non-fiction, and other creative writing keeps the mind agile and open to new ideas. Crosswords and simple math games can be good ways to keep the logical paths clear.
Preventative Health Care
Another aspect of health that becomes increasingly important with age is a visit to the doctor for preventative care. We know that in the United States too many of our resources are going to treatment of health problems that might have been avoided. Preventative medicine is the best way to stay healthy, and regular check-ups with your primary care physician are one of the easiest ways to stay aware of health issues that might become a problem down the line. Many consider good nutrition to be preventative health care, as well. For instance, if you have had a diet high in calcium, magnesium, and zinc, you are less likely to have problems with bone density or osteoporosis down the line. This simple nutritional habit may even prevent you from breaking a bone such as a hip if you fall down. Simply by eating right and getting the vitamins and minerals you need, you may be able to stay healthy long into the future.
In addition to these features of your health, protecting and assisting your hearing is an essential piece of the puzzle. Be sure to get an annual hearing exam and consult us at South Shore Hearing Center about the possibility of hearing assistance. Not only do hearing aids prevent injuries and accidents, they can have related benefits for your cognitive and mental health as well. As the aging process continues, your ears will continue to be inundated with sound day in and day out. Why not lend a helping hand with hearing aids when the time is right?