Every stage of life comes with some difficulty. However, none is quite so progressive and irreversible as the process of aging. Degenerative diseases affect the function of every part of the body. Living a healthy lifestyle, avoiding stress and avoiding negative environmental factors may slow this complicated process but their is no cure for aging.
Go out with friends and family. One of the worst things to do as you start to get older is to isolate yourself in your home. Make sure you get out a few times a week for anything: to volunteer, to have lunch or any of hundreds of possibilities. Going out and seeing others has a great effect on your mental health.
Perhaps there was something you really wanted to do when you were in your twenties, but you set it aside as impractical: you had to pay the bills, provide for your family. Now that you have reached retirement age, it is time to think back to those interests you set aside. Don’t think you can’t pursue them now. You can!
As you begin to age, don’t fall victim to the common belief that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. If you have more free time on your hands because you’ve retired, use this time to your advantage. Volunteer at a favorite charity or institution. Learn a new hobby, or pick up an old one. Adopt a dog or a cat. Enjoy your grandchildren. Join a local senior citizens’ center. Take that trip to the Bahamas that you always dreamed about. Go to concerts and plays. Enroll in an adult education class. Take yoga lessons. Exercise your mind and your body, and feel as if the years are falling away.
Reducing the amount of stress in your life can slow down the aging process. When our bodies experience a high level of stress, they slow their production of human growth hormones. A lack of these hormones in your system causes you to age faster. Taking some time for yourself or learning how to meditate are two good ways to lower stress.
Having your blood pressure checked on a regular basis is a necessity to living longer and keeping healthy. Many people are unaware of their high blood pressure, yet it is a significant risk factor in stroke, heart disease, and kidney disease. If you are found to have high blood pressure take your medications that are prescribed; exercise, quit smoking, and maintain proper body weight to reduce your risks.
If you want to have the feeling of being forever young, then you will want to maintain a healthy lifestyle and laugh. Laughing reduces stress and stress is not good for anyone, whether they are young or old. Laughter also helps circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces negativity, improves respiration and encourages digestion. These are all good things, when living a healthy lifestyle, so laugh and laugh often!
Throughout life, the body replaces and repairs itself. As we age, the body’s ability to heal itself slows. Many people begin to feel the effects of aging as early as 40 but the generally accepted age when individuals become ‘aged’ is the age of retirement, 65. Despite this, many elderly individuals remain independent and free of serious disease.