As you age, it can become more difficult to keep track of your health and ensure that you still feel fantastic. Here are some of the recommendations that we suggest to ensure that you get the best quality of life.
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If you are wondering how to age in place, then we have great news for you. You can do this as you age, it is just a case of working out your finances and being able to afford where you are currently living. Of course, you may have paid off your mortgage years ago and this means you can without a doubt stay in your home for the rest of your life assuming you don’t need a high level of extra care.
However, if you don’t own the home you are living in then you may have to decide to downsize or move in with relatives should you not be able to afford the rent payments.
As you age you must look after your overall health. This will prevent you from entering a downhill spiral and playing Russian roulette with your well-being. You should aim to drink at least the recommended 2 litres of water a day, this will keep your skin youthful and supple and keep your body and mind hydrated. Those that regularly drink 2 litres or more a day have much better concentration and memory than those that don’t.
Of course, it isn’t just your body that you have to look after in the golden years, it is your mind as well. Staying mentally active is vital for keeping brain function high and to keep the effects of dementia from setting in. To do this you can complete puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku, anything that gets you thinking and problem-solving will keep that grey matter around and working.
To keep your joints from stiffening and arthritis setting in, it is recommended you do light to moderate exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. This can be anything from a brisk walk on your own or with some friends to a fitness class such as yoga or pilates.
Of course, not everyone is always up for leaving the house to exercise. If you are housebound or just don’t fancy going out then you can still take part in exercise within the comfort of your own four walls. You can follow an exercise DVD or make up your own fitness routine, there are many options out there for home workouts.
Get A Hobby
Finally, studies have shown that if you get out and socialize that you are 12% less likely to develop dementia than those that stay home for longer periods throughout the week. A good way to ensure you stay mobile and active is to get a hobby, this can be anything from gardening to joining community groups. Why not combine the two and join a community gardening project, this ensures you get to socialize with people who share your passion and love for all things green.