As we age, it’s important to not only keep our bodies strong, but our minds sharp as well. As medicine and technology continue to improve, the average life expectancy increases. According to the US Census, in 1920 about 5% of the population was over 65. In 2020, that number more than tripled. Although people are living longer, it does not necessarily mean they have a good or active quality of life.
How well we age is largely due to genetics, but there are many things we can do throughout our lives to maintain optimal physical, cognitive, and mental health as we age.
Cleveland Clinic explains that illnesses like congestive heart failure, diabetes, and some forms of dementia can be delayed or prevented in some cases, and so can the loss of muscle strength.
How can this be done?
Having optimal physical health is so important, especially as we begin to age. Some of the best ways to promote healthy living include:
The National Institute on Aging explains “that keeping your brain engaged in stimulating activities may help compensate for some of the changes that lead to things like dementia and memory loss.”
What are some of the best ways to exercise your brain?
Every goal requires planning, and what you want your life to look like as you age is no different. It’s important to think about your wants and desires as you age – and that those desires are understood by those around you so that you.
Some important things to think about as we age include:
Getting older and having many decisions to make doesn’t have to be scary, but planning is important.
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Written by Madison Chalmers
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