How to Stay Healthy While Aging

Aging doesn't have to mean the end of health and independence.

Many people believe that aging is synonymous with a steady decline of health and independence, but you'll be glad to know that it's just a myth. Here at Salem Lutheran Homes & Rehabilitation Center, we are a long-term care facility in Elk Horn dedicated to helping our residents maintain their health and independence for as long as possible. Here are a few tips from our experts to help you stay healthy while you age:

#1. Learn about your risk.

For almost every kind of cancer, the earlier you detect it and get treatment, the higher your chances of survival will be. In fact, for many types of cancer, early detection and treatment boost the chance of survival into the 90th percentile. The best way to learn about your risk for certain types of cancer is to talk to your doctor. They will give you the information you need on screenings and tests you can take.

#2. Keep your cholesterol in check.

The more you know about your cholesterol, the more information you'll have to make the right choices surrounding your diet and lifestyle. Getting your cholesterol checked every year is one of the best things you can do to stay in the know about your health.

#3. Stay connected to those around you.

The physical effects of aging aren't the troublesome aspects of the aging process. In fact, many older adults experience social isolation, and believe it or not, social isolation has been linked to poor health. Social isolation can increase your risk for both mental and physical health concerns, but there's an easy remedy. Stay connected with your friends and family! It's also important to keep making new friends, so don't skip out on any of the social activities we offer this month.

#4. Eat your fruits and vegetables.

One of the best things you can do for your health at any age is to eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables. These foods are packed with nutrients, and eating fruits and vegetables can lower your risk for everything from type 2 diabetes to heart disease.

#5. Start exercising.

Aging is not an excuse to stop exercising; in fact, it's even more of a reason to keep moving! Exercising is essential for so many reasons, and nothing is a more important part of your lifestyle to maintain your health and independence. You certainly don't have to run a marathon or turn into a body builder; just a moderate walk every day is all you really need to reap the many benefits of exercise for your health.

#6. Keep your brain sharp.

Staying mentally active is just as important for healthy aging and independence as staying physically active. Preventing memory loss doesn't have to be a chore; you can play board games, work crossword puzzles or do anything fun that stimulates your brain! Aging doesn't have to result in the loss of your health or independence. Learn how to age in a healthy way by turning to Salem Lutheran Homes & Rehabilitation Center. Contact us today to learn more.  

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