Getting Better with Age

You Are What You Eat

Eating nutrient rich foods is good for you no matter what age you are.  Maintaining a balanced diet will undeniably improve your health, but there are certain foods that you can target to maximize your healthy food intake. Fish, vegetable, fruits, and healthy grains should be the focal point in your diet. Antioxidants found is fruits and vegetables help prevent various diseases and cancers. Stock your kitchen with these foods and you’ll always have a healthy snackInsider Tip: Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store when shopping. That is where you find the unprocessed, healthy foods.

Stay Socially Active

Avoiding loneliness and staying active in the community can prove healthy in the long run. The Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago found lonely adults were twice as likely to develop the dementia linked with Alzheimer’s disease than those who are not lonely. Also according to the National Institute of Aging, social isolation constitutes a major risk factor for morbidlity and mortality, especially in older adults. Joining a club or volunteering are great ways to meet people and stay engaged within the community.  

Exercise Your Body and Your Brain

It might sound backwards, but the key to preserving your body is to use it. Even the most moderate exercise regimen can vastly improve your fitness level. Just 30 minutes of walking, three times per week will do, but your goal should increase alongside your progression. Push yourself! Exercise improves blood flow throughout the body, including the brain. Exercise has been associated with reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Try something new!

Keeping your creative juices flowing helps you age. Who knows, you might even discover a new hobby or talent that has been eluding you your entire life. Activities like writing, painting, or sculpting can help maintain your dexterity. Spending time writing poetry or completing a word puzzle keeps the mind sharp and inquisitive.  According to the Association of Psychology, the more difficult a task (such as photography) is more likely to improve someone’s cognitive function. There are many activities out there, just try something new.

The power of positivity

You’ve been hearing this your whole life: stay positive and something good will happen. As cheesy as you might find this, it is scientifically proven. Yale researchers found that the group older who felt good about aging are more likely to recover from a disability than the group of elders who had an outright negative stereotypes of aging.

Published on October 2, 2015.