Get plenty of exercise - Staying fit and active is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy and add years to your life. Weight lifting is important for people of all ages, especially older people. Once we get into our forties, we lose bone density every year. Lifting weights can slow this loss.
Get your hearing checked - Loss of hearing can have all kinds of adverse effects on health, from depression to dementia. Most hearing specialists provide hearing exams and tests for free, so there's no reason not to get tested each year. And, if it's determined that you have an issue with hearing, get proper hearing aids so you can hear what youve been missing out on. Prices are becoming more affordable all the time, with even high-end designs like Bluetooth hearing aids being within lots of peoples budgets.
Don't Smoke - By now, everyone knows that smoking is one of the absolute worst things you can do to your body. Even if youve been smoking for years, your lungs can rapidly improve once you quit. If you're a smoker, do whatever you can to quit.
Use sunscreen - Skin cancer kills millions of people, but it's one of the easiest forms of cancer to prevent. Many of us grew up spending lots of time in the sun without proper protection. When you're outside, use good sunscreen, wear long pants and long sleeves, and wear a hat.
Avoid falls - Falling can be devastating to seniors; broken hips and other broken bones can lead to lots of time in the hospital. Keep your living space as neat and tidy as you can to eliminate clutter that can lead to falls. If you have loose rugs or carpet, make sure they are secured on the floor so you won't slip on them, or throw them out.
Reduce calories - There have been numerous scientific studies with mice that show that limiting calories can add years to lifespan. This can be done pretty simply by eating smaller portions, eating at specific times and not snacking, and avoiding boredom eating.
Get regular checkups - In addition to hearing tests, get a good physical done by your family doctor once a year to hopefully catch or prevent any major illnesses before they may come up. Have your vision tested at least once every two years; this can be another way to prevent falls. Have a dental exam and teeth cleaning at least once a year. There are all kinds of health problems than can result from dental issues (including heart attack and stroke), so it's important to take good care of your teeth.
These are just a few of many important things to consider as you get older. Following these tips can help you to live a healthy life for many more years to come.
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