The Way Of Living: Being Happy And Healthy At An Old Age
Published on 14 August 2020, by Christina Rossi
Old age is a great time to sit back and enjoy your life. You are much wiser, people’s opinions do not easily fluster you, you are much more comfortable in your own skin, your kids have left home, and you have the freedom to do all the things you want to do.
Enjoying your life is a significant contributor to healthy aging. Happy seniors had less trouble getting up, dressing, or taking a shower, as opposed to unhappy seniors who were twice as likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes.
The enjoyment of life and general happiness are relevant determinants of mobility and future disability in seniors. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Some Things that Keep Older Adults Happy:
Exercise and physical well-being is a great place way to start. Exercising lifts your spirit and energy levels making you feel better. This is because your body releases feel-good hormones known as endorphins. Athletes refer to this feeling as the runner’s high.
If you have not been exercising previously, it is not too late to start. A Harvard study conducted on over 1600 older men and women showed that incorporating light workouts into your routine even if you did not exercise before reduces your chances of getting disabled by 25 percent.
Exercise also helps relieve chronic pain from conditions like arthritis and pinched nerves. It helps us maintain weight; therefore, preventing us from developing diseases such as obesity and diabetes, improves our metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens our immune system.
1. Identify an activity you enjoy. this way you do not have to be reminded or pushed to do it instead you look forward to doing it. This could be walking a pet, swimming, or gardening.
2. Start slowly and then advance into a very strenuous activity instead build up to it.
3. Exercise with a friend or a family member to keep each other motivated on those lazy days. It is a great way to catch up.
4. Always consult your doctor before joining any exercise program.
Plan For Your Retirement
Many of us can expect to live until 80; therefore, we need to fill up the next 15 years of our lives with activities. Now that you are no longer employed think about what direction you would like to take next.
It could be charity work, travel, or learning something new at the university. It is also important to start saving early for your retirement when you are younger so that you are better prepared financially.
Have A Sense Of Purpose And Stay Connected
Research has shown that a strong sense of purpose for seniors had a protective effect. People who stayed in touch with family and friends stayed healthy in their old age. A study on centenarians showed they held on to a definite purpose in their lives through taking care of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and volunteering.
Spend Time With Family, New Friends, And Older People
Spending time with others helps us feel happy and connected; physical interactions are more powerful than a text message or an email.
Ensure you interact with at least one person every day. If your friends have moved away or passed on, it is time for new friends. Join clubs with activities that interest you or volunteer where you are likely to meet people who share your interests and values.
If you are single, widowed or divorced you could consider going on a date. There are dating websites for seniors to meet; you could also ask your friends to fix you up.
Love is a beautiful thing and it’s never too late. If you do not end up falling in love, you make a new friend, and it is still a win-win situation.
Laugh. A Lot
Laughing lowers the stress hormone cortisol. According to a study conducted in 2014, 20 minutes spent watching funny videos helped improve the memory in seniors. Some research also shows a link between happiness and lower risk of heart illness. So, laugh as much as you can because laughter really is the best medicine.
Minutes Spent Watching Funny Videos Helped Improve Memory In Seniors
Exercising lifts your spirit and energy levels making you feel better.
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