Let’s face it. We have been aging since the day we were born, right? Aging is not a choice. We can choose, however, to age well. With the right attitude and healthy lifestyle options in place, we can enjoy our second act with grace and good health.
Radiance Rules for Healthy Aging
Stay Positive – If we are lucky, we age, right? The longer we live, the more we have to be grateful for. Conversely, the longer we live, the more loss we will face. Kids go off to college, parents leave us. There will be bumps in the road. Focus on what you can control and appreciate what you have. A Yale study that followed older adults for more than 20 years found that people who held positive age-related attitudes lived 7.5 years longer than their peers who approached the aging process with fear and dread. Consider the alternative and stay positive.
Keep Moving – For so many reasons! When you exercise, blood flows faster across the lining of your blood vessels. As this happens chemicals are released that can lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, while raising your level of well-being. Further, older adults who get regular exercise are 60 percent less likely to get dementia than their couch potato neighbors. Be sure to incorporate programs designed to build strength and balance into your daily routine, such as tai chi, yoga or hiking. Group exercise classes or activities such as tennis or dance will also activate the learning and memory centers of your brain. See below!
Keep Learning –Scientists believe that challenging your brain helps maintain brain cells and stimulates their communication with each other. Recently, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York found that mentally active seniors reduced their risk of dementia by as much as 75 percent. By all means, read, play cards, do those crossword puzzles and Sudoku. But for real brain work, learn a foreign language or a musical instrument. You will be creating new neural pathways in your brain as you memorize and perfect your new talent. Not a senior yet? It’s never too early to lay the foundation for a long and healthy life.
Eat Clean – Free radicals and inflammation sabotage our body and brain as we age. We can combat this problem by eating foods high in antioxidants, such as organic fruits and veggies and omega-three fats, found in fish and nuts. At Radiance we carry a variety of supplements designed for your individual needs. Dr. Bobbie Stowe, our functional medicine doctor, can answer all your questions, and recommend supplements specific to your needs which will help keep your body and brain healthy as you age.
Stay Lean – That spare tire around your middle is bad news. Not only is it unattractive, it can also put you at risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea and some cancers. At Radiance our medical professionals at The Center for Medical Weight Loss will guide you through a successful weight loss program designed just for you. Consider a wellness evaluation with Dr. Stowe. He can test you for food sensitivities or underlying issues that may be contributing to your weight gain.
Stay Connected – People with a deep sense of connection to family and friends live the longest and healthiest lives. Make the effort to strengthen the relationships you already have and make new friends. Join clubs. Volunteer. Extend yourself! Ask for help when you need it and be there for those around you.
Sleep More and Stress Less – Constant sleep deprivation and chronic stress affect us in many adverse ways. They can contribute to weight gain, depression, and even cardiovascular disease. Deep breathing exercises, yoga, and faith in a higher power can all help. There have been some great advances in supplements to promote sleep and reduce stress naturally. For information on these new supplements, please call our front desk for an appointment with Dr. Stowe. At Radiance, we can offer you proven solutions for continued good health through the years.
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