Aging is a natural part of life, and that’s only becoming truer. Americans are living longer than we did a few decades ago. How do you see yourself at 50, 60, or even 80? Still have a lot of items on your bucket list? Do you see yourself enjoying older age with family and friends? You can embrace your future and help make it what you want.
The formula for staying healthy as you age includes taking care of your body, adapting to change, staying connected with loved ones, doing things you enjoy, and being resilient. Unfortunately, some of that excitement looking forward may be hindered by worry over things that aren’t necessarily true about aging. Good news: we’ve busted some of those myths for you!
Myth 1: Aging means that you will experience declining health or disability.
As we age, our risk for some diseases gets higher. But a majority of these can be prevented or held off by making healthy lifestyle changes through diet, exercise, and preventive care.
Myth 2: Older adults should limit physical activity.
You should maintain your levels of physical activity — or start exercising if you are inactive. Physical activity has tremendous benefits like increased energy, improved mood, and prevention or management of chronic conditions. Staying active as you age can also help your body remain strong enough to do your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.
Myth 3: All older adults have or will have osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis can affect both men and women as they age, but it’s preventable and treatable. It’s important to partner with your doctor to know your risk. Pursue detection screenings early based upon recommendations made by your health care provider. Make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals; these can also help with building and maintaining strong bones. Remember that weight-bearing activity can help prevent and treat osteoporosis, so add that activity to your day!
The best way to maintain health throughout your life is to partner with your health care provider to minimize your risk of disease. Target the areas within your control and focus there.
What tips do you have for maintaining health through the ages? Leave comments below.