What does Healthy Aging really mean? Does living a healthier, happier life lead to a longer life? In the past two decades, studies have shown an increase in living longer lives and living healthier lives. We cannot help but to think these two have some type of correlation. Below are a few tips for healthy aging!
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Top 10 causes of death among seniors 65+:
Heart Disease (35%)
Chronic Low Respiratory Disease (9%)
Alzheimer’s Disease (6%)
Influenza and Pneumonia (3%)
Kidney Disease (3%)
Unintentional Injury (3%)
Tips for healthy aging:
Stay Active – Older adults getting regular physical exercise are 60 percent less likely to get dementia. Exercise increases oxygen to the brain and releases a protein that strengthens cells and neurons. Keep the blood flowing throughout your body lowering levels of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar while at the same time, increasing your mood.
Eat Right – It is important to get rid of foods containing chemical agers, such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, “#” symbols like ‘Red #40’, artificial sweeteners and chemical preservatives. Decreasing the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce brain inflammation (a possible cause of Alzheimer’s disease).
Fish Are Friends – One of the most compelling health statistics is that seafood eaters live longer and healthier than do meat eaters. There is less of a chance for clogged lining of the arteries after eating fish compared to eating meat.
Don’t Be Salty – Adding salt to each meal may enhance the taste but it will also lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause strokes and a significant decline in cognitive function with increase in age.
Stress Less – "If you cannot change it, do not worry about it." In addition to working out, make sure to work out your mind by doing exercises like meditation. Having less stress in your life can help minimize health problems such as depression, heart disease, and sleeping problems, to name a few.
Be Happy – People who live the longest and healthiest have deep social connections. Giving and receiving love, making new relationships, strong relationships with existing family and friends. It is important make humor a priority a part of your daily living.