Tips on how to age gracefully

October 1st is the International Day of Older Persons and this year’s theme is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies. The day will be recognised in social media by #UNIDOP (United Nations International Day of Older Persons).

We all know the basics of ageing well - eating right, exercising regularly, and stopping smoking but here are a few more ideas.

Here are some tips on how to age gracefully in the golden years.

Take Care of Mental Health: A positive mind-set can ease the ageing process. Keeping in touch regularly with family and friends is now easier than ever thanks to technology like Skype, Facetime, email and social media. Keeping busy is also a great way to help prevent loneliness. Consider joining a club or going out with your CAREGiver where you can meet others. We are compiling a list WOW – What’s on Where in the Epping Forest area.

Do brain-aerobics: The more you challenge your brain, the better it will perform. Try playing brain games, learning a new language or instrument, or taking up a new hobby to keep the brain active and engaged. We have lots of word searches, crossword puzzles and so on in the office so if you need some more just ask your CAREGiver to get you some.

Sleep: It is considered best practice to try and get between 7-9 hours of sleep at night. Not getting enough sleep puts you at risk for a host of physical and mental problems. We have lots of tips on our website on how you can improve your sleep they are in the latest news section.

Limit Vices: Many habits people have enjoyed for years begin to catch up with them as they get older. Now is a good time to quit smoking and limit drinking if you can or at least try and cut down.

Protect your skin from the sun: Too much time in the sun can cause wrinkles, not to mention cancer. Always make sure to wear sunscreen as it can help prevent your skin’s ageing. Also try and wear a hat during summer months as this will protect your face from the sun.

 

Growing older affects all parts of our bodies including hair, skin, heart, muscles, and more, but ageing well may be as simple as adopting some easy everyday habits. We are here to help you, whether it is help on a healthy diet, exercising, or getting out more, just contact me and I will see what we can do to help you ‘age gracefully’.

Victoria (owner) telephone 01992 666777

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