8 Tips for Healthy Aging

senior practicing healthy aging activitiesHealthy aging means more than keeping gray hair and wrinkles at bay. How “old” we look, and act are very closely linked to how well we feel. The good news is we have more control over feeling good and, therefore, aging more gracefully than we may think.

There are various ways to maintain healthy habits and a positive attitude. To ensure that you stay on the right track, The Cabana at Jensen Dunes in Jensen Beach, Florida, has something to share. We have put together a list of eight healthy tips for living well.

Healthy Aging: 8 Tips for Aging Gracefully

1. Eat healthy for a healthy body

As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” This is not an empty expression; it is the truth. A balanced diet ensures that you get the vitamins and minerals you need and the energy an active lifestyle requires.

Fruits and vegetables are powerhouses rich in antioxidants that boost cellular health and slow the physical aging process. If you are not quite sure where to start, check out the The National Institute on Aging’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

2. Rest up

Healthy foods aren’t your body’s only source of fuel. Without sleep, your physical and mental capacity will deteriorate. Experts generally recommend seven to nine hours of sleep every night. To get a better night’s sleep, experts recommend following a regular sleep schedule and developing a bedtime routine. They also suggest getting regular exercise and staying away from caffeine later in the day.

3. Stay on top of your health care

Knowing your body and being aware of any changes is central for healthy aging.  A part of this is getting your annual check-ups from head to toe. Blood pressure, cardio, vision, and dental are all important. And don’t forget about routine skin screenings if you regularly pursue outdoor activities—early detection is vital.

4. Manage your medication

In addition to your physical well-being, be sure to discuss your current medication regimen with your doctor. If you have made any changes, ask questions about potential side effects or the safety of vitamins or supplements you may be taking.

5. Get your vaccinations

Vaccines provide a strong defense against dangerous illnesses like the flu, pneumonia, tetanus, shingles, and COVID-19. All are readily available at your doctor or local pharmacy if recommended by your physician.

6. Keep moving

Everybody needs to exercise every day. Exercise and healthy aging go hand in hand. Go for walks, nature hikes, bike rides, or perform low-impact exercises like swimming. It can be as simple as getting up from your chair during a television commercial. You can do a quick chore or just move around. Anything that elevates your pulse rate strengthens your heart and increases circulation.

7. Mind your mental health

Reading, playing games, and doing puzzles are great for your cognitive health and help relieve stress. Of course, don’t be afraid to learn something new or pursue your next adventure in life. The truth is there is no such thing as “too old,” and it is never too late to pursue new passions.

8. Stay socially connected

Visits with family and friends can work wonders for healthy aging. Staying socially connected is a morale booster. Go out of your way to meet new people, lunch with friends, take a class, or join a hobby group. There are so many opportunities for fun with family and friends.

Today, active assisted living communities like The Cabana provide opportunities to check this list off every day. They offer activities and programs that focus on total-person health and wellness. Residents benefit from exercise classes, healthy menu options, fun social events, and a vibrant and supportive community. After all, healthy aging is not just a series of good habits; it is a state of mind. Following these eight tips will help keep you on the right track and living life to the fullest. After all, age is just a number. You are only as old as you feel.

At The Cabana, our wellness programs, and educational and events calendar, give residents enjoyable ways to stay social and active. To learn more about our community or to schedule a private tour, give us a call at 772-758-1003.