The American population is aging, and as it does, scientists are looking for ways to keep that population healthy. Here are 4 research-based tips for living into a healthy old age.
- Go Mediterranean. At least for dinner. If you want to live longer and protect yourself against age-related diseases, you should cut down on processed foods, and up your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes plant-based foods, healthy oils such as olive oil, and the choice of fish and poultry over red meat, has been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.
- Take a hike. Or at least a walk. Research shows that getting thirty minutes of exercise a day boosts health. Benefits include weight control, bone and muscle strength, healthier sleep, and better mood. Regular exercise is also associated with reduced incidence of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
If thirty minutes is too long, you can break it up. Ten minutes of movement, three times a day, is just as good.
- Look at the bright side. Research shows that positive thinking helps people live longer, healthier lives. One way to focus on the positive is to keep a gratitude journal. Whether you buy a fancy journal with inspiring quotes or just use a composition notebook you have lying around the house, the practice of writing down things in your life that you are thankful for has been shown to improve your happiness — and your health.
- Reach out. Studies show that loneliness, the feeling of being isolated or of not belonging, is associated with increased risk of illness and death. Traditionally, family support helps alleviate loneliness, but one of the best ways for a senior to avoid a feeling of social isolation is to find some group that shares an interest of theirs. Whether it’s a book club or a knitting circle, simply having regular social interaction increases both physical and emotional health.
If you know a senior who has trouble eating properly, getting adequate exercise, or is becoming sad or lonely, it may be time to consider a move that will make a positive change in these four crucial areas.
An assisted living facility, such as Tower Lodge Care Center, in Wall, NJ, can take care of your loved one’s physical and emotional needs. Trained dietitians and nutritionists work to provide healthy, delicious meals. Exercise rooms and a beautiful physical surrounding provide ample opportunity and impetus to stay physically active. The variety of interesting and exciting activities available, and the availability of social interaction with peers ensure that residents stay healthy and happy.
Call Tower Lodge Care Center at 732-681-1400, or click here to find out more about how to keep your loved one healthy and happy.