Top 10 Checklist For Better Health And Aging In 2021
With the world moving at a much faster pace demands from us to acclimatize to this fastness and with that being said – has its own prerequisites to become accustomed to this new pace.
You must have noticed how the paradigms of living have changed just over a decade and the ways & styles of living have been tremendously modified.
This fast pace has an impact on every almost everything. Recent data show that populations around the world are aging at a much faster pace than in the past.
The basic point is that, colossal changes are required when it comes to your health especially when you are aging. You can simply not adhere to the old ways of living in 2021.
If you are in your sixties or above following are some important suggestions and checklists that you should make sure to follow or if you have older parents to look after you can help them address these in order to foster healthy aging and better health.
But first of all let’s make clear what the notion “Healthy Aging” means. It is basically the development and maintenance of the functional abilities that ensure your wellbeing in older age.
Here is a checklist for better health while aging in 2021.
Get yourself vaccinated
With the danger of COVID-19 looming over, poses an extra threat to older people. The first and foremost thing to do in 2021 is to get yourself vaccinated, although it is not clear yet whether it is 100% effective or not but it does reduces the risk of falling seriously ill.
Since it is a fatal virus so it makes sense to protect yourself and show no carelessness when it comes to your health.
Not only getting vaccinated will help protect you but also it will allow to get the pandemic under control if most of the people get themselves vaccinated. Which will in turn allow you to resume all the healthy and fun activities that are vital for your good mental and physical health.
Do as much exercise as possible
Daily Exercise is vital to people of all age groups to maintain a healthy life and to stay strong but it is extremely important for older people who are aging, to ensure better health.
Living under a pandemic is a novel thing for us. That has led masses towards a more sedentary lifestyle.
On one hand, staying at homes ensures safety against this deadly virus but on the flip side, staying inside and sitting for longer periods of time with little or no activity equally poses threat to the health of all but the danger is at an all-time high rate for the people aging.
Reduced levels of activity lead to more serious health issues for older people such as the formation of clots in blood, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes,obesity, increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety.
So, try to maintain a routine that makes you stay active all time, everyday!
Take care of your teeth
Looking after your teeth makes sense, since healthy teeth are directly related to a healthy lifestyle. Not only healthy teeth are a sign of healthy eating habits but also they allow you to maintain those habits for all your life.
Living in this time is quite challenging since we have scrumptious, easy and economical food choices to make but at the same time they are not healthy. Such as drinks that have high amounts of sugar in them is sheer detrimental for teeth and our overall health.
Try to make smart choices while eating and it not ends here – brush your teeth twice a day, floss them regularly that will allow you to prevent a number of mouth related diseases.
See your dentist regularly to uproot any problem in the very beginning before it gets too late to do anything.
Maintain a healthy sleep routine
Sleep again is vital for healthy aging and better health. But most of the people who are aging, grapple with their sleep patterns.
The best way to fight against insomnia and irregular sleep patterns is to establish a bedtime routine and make sure to go to bed at the same time and try to avoid day time naps.
Also we have data showing the use of internet has also an impact on our sleep patterns, so try to cut down the use of internet for a better and peaceful sleep.
See the doctor regularly
Seeing your doctor regularly is a healthy practice because your doctor can see it (any health issue) coming and you simply cannot. They also recommend you necessary tests for conditions that are linked to old age such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes etc. Thereby prescribing you medication to reverse the condition.
Start taking supplements to make up for the deficiencies if any.
As the aging process hits you, start paying special heed to the deficiencies in your body. Recent data shows that 50-60% of the adult population suffers from the deficiency of vitamin D without even knowing it. You can over come it by soaking the sun for a few minored daily or by taking food that is rich in vitamin D such as in fish etc.
Nutrition deserves special attention as an individual reaches old age. It affects the quality of life including physical, mental and social health. The physiological decline in food intake is linked to the process of aging that results in nutritional deficiencies.
Thereby, the adoption of nutritional intervention can be a measure to tackle the current situation of nutritional deficiencies and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Take care of your eyes and ears
Aging is a deteriorating process that impacts almost every function and every organ of your body. Eyes and ears are no exception. So get your hearing and eyesight checked regularly to prevent hearing and eye sight loss/deterioration that is quite common among elderly people.
Take care of your feet
It is of no surprise to know that heel pain in one of the most common signs of ageing. That is particularly caused by the degeneration of the heel fat pad. Not only this feeling immense coldness or hotness in feet is also an aging sign, see your doctor if you have any of these issues.
Pain in the heels is also also be lessened by the use of a footwear that fits and supports your feet.
And don’t forget to moisturize them because they need your care too!
As cliché as it may sound, “smoking is injurious to health” for people of all age groups, then just imagine the amount of impact on the aging people if the body of young people can’t bear the impact!
It slows down your body functions leading to several impairments.
See your doctor as they can help you with giving up on smoking. There are several different treatments available on shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you beat your addiction and reduce withdrawal symptoms, to have a healthy life ahead.
Researches has confirmed, socialising is a key factor in maintaining the wellbeing while aging. Try to spend time with other people that will help prevent you from feeling lonely that can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. You can take little strolls along with your friend.
But it can be quite challenging during this time of a pandemic nevertheless, you can take safety measures in order to keep the process of socialising going – such as maintaining the distance and following all the SOPs while taking a stroll with your friend/s.
Not only this, technology is there to the rescues, you can make use of phone calls and video calls to stay connected to your loved ones.