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5 tips for senior citizens to ensure healthy aging

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StethoscopeGrowing old is a part of life. And it should be an enjoyable one. In fact, many people believe that life begins at 60 after they retire.

However, most people also associate with negative changes with old age. This is because, with time, the skin, bones, muscles and brain start working differently.

Some of the common problems faced by old people are:

Weaker bones
With age, bones become thinner and more brittle. This leads to arthritis, osteoporosis and other conditions. Brittle bones can also break after a fall and result in fractures.

Weaker digestive system
Digestive system grows weak during the later stages in life. Constipation, stomach pains and nausea can quickly escalate poor health and illness.

 Weaker brain
Brain slowing down is a sign of old age. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are also no longer rare during this phase. More common conditions are forgetfulness and mood swings.

Weaker heart
Weaker hearts in old age lead to several complications like the heart getting enlarged, its walls expanding or the heart rate dropping. These can lead to fatal conditions like blood pressure and cardiac arrest.

This sounds gloomy. But old age doesn’t have to be like this. Life after retirement is a time to live to the fullest. If you follow the below five steps after the age of 60, you’ll lead a better and happier life.

Steps to age gracefully 

“Health is wealth” goes the common saying. The healthier you stay, the less you spend on recovering from illness, and the wealthier you grow in experience.

Here are five science-backed steps you can take to keep your body, mind and heart in good shape during old age.

Maintain a healthy diet

You might’ve enjoyed eating junk food. But it’s time to give it up. Switch your diet to one with more fibre, low cholesterol and less fat. This will strengthen your digestive system and also keep you hale and hearty.

Exercise

If you haven’t exercised in your life, it is good time to start now. If you’ve been regular, it’s time to dial down a bit. Yoga, walking, and floor exercises for just 10 minutes a day are good to begin. This makes blood flow consistently to your heart and also keep your brain and muscles active.

Manage your stress

Stress is a huge reason for cardiovascular diseases and condition like dementia in senior citizens.

Stop worrying about your children – you’ve done well enough to raise them. Instead, enjoy some ‘me time’. Pursue a hobby, make trips, use relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga. And sleep for at least eight hours a day.

Have a good social life

Man is a social animal. Staying away from human beings for prolonged periods of time is as unhealthy as smoking cigarettes.

Make time every day to meet friends and your community. Also, meet family members and relatives when you make long-distance trips. Staying in touch with people who matter will keep your brain and heart healthy.

Take medication

Medication will help maintain your heart’s and body’s health. It will keep your digestive system and your bones strong and keep energy levels high. But this medication doesn’t have to be synthetic. You can consume Ayurvedic medicines, which are 100 percent natural.

At the Dhage Healthcare Facility, we provide customized Ayurvedic medicines to many citizens over the age of 60. These medicines have no side effects. They have enabled our patients to avoid conditions like heart diseases and mental illness and live long and healthy lives.

 Taking care of your physical and mental health is vital. Even if you haven’t taken good care of yourself until now, you can start today. After all, it’s never too late to make your life better. You can always start today and make your tomorrow better.

(Disclaimer: The writer is Dr Santosh Dhage, B.A.M.S. P.G.P. Panchakarma. The views expressed are personal opinion.)

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