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How To Take Care Of Your Health As An Elderly Person And Age Well

Taking care of your health as an elderly person may seem like a daunting endeavor as there are so many things to consider. However, it does not have to be this way. Read on to gain some knowledge of how to prioritize and care for your health even in old age, so that you can age well. 

Skincare 

Wrinkles. This is probably one of the first thoughts and worries that came to mind when thinking about the health of your skin. Although wrinkles are perfectly natural and happen to everyone, it is some people’s personal preference to want to reduce their appearance. If this is a particular concern for you, then you have likely already heard about and looked into the countless anti-wrinkle and anti-aging creams, gels, lotions, and serums already out in the market. However, since there is an abundant amount of information available, it can often be difficult to make the correct choice for you and your skin and to distinguish truth from myth. 

So, first things first, contact and speak with your doctor (who can either help treat you or direct you to the right person) and/or dermatologist. They are professionals in their field and will know exactly how to help you. With their guidance you will be better equipped to make smarter and better-informed choices about your skin-care regime and overall health. So, this step will apply to all subsequent tips. Always contact your doctor or a specialist first.  

Once you have done this you may be considering purchasing products that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While this article will not recommend specific products, as every person, skin, and type are different, it will mention a few ingredients within these products to look out for, which will help your skin stay healthy and improve its appearance. Some of the best anti-aging ingredients include: 

  1. Retinol – This ingredient, otherwise known as vitamin A, is a very effective skin-transforming ingredient as it quickens the exfoliation process and by doing so, effectively targets UV ray damage and fine lines. 
  2. Collagen – Collagen is a very important protein naturally found in your skin, which keeps it firm and strong. However, its production slows down with age. So, products with collagen can help potentially improve the health of not only your skin but the whole body. 
  3. Vitamin C – It is a great antioxidant that helps neutralize the skin and improve its tone. It can also help fade spots, discoloration and stimulate collagen production. So, this active ingredient will reduce the appearance of aging skin, by helping give your skin a new lease of life.  

Or perhaps, after consultations with a professional, you would like to opt for more natural remedies to reduce wrinkles and fine lines such as Aloe vera, superfoods (e.g., chia seeds, ginger, and salmon), and oils (argan, jojoba, and pomegranate). The importance here is to use products, methods, and remedies that suit your particular needs. Make sure skincare is prioritized to ensure you keep your skin looking and feeling healthy!   

Mental health

Another very important, essential even, aspect of your health that you must take care of, is your mind. After all, your brain is the organ that controls the rest of your body. So, making sure that it is kept in prime condition is of utmost priority. This is particularly important for elders as risk factors such as medical problems, drop in economic status and even social isolation can contribute to feelings of poor mental health. 

You can work on improving or maintaining good mental health in a number of ways. For example, by eating a healthy diet, being active (exercising), seeking professional help, confiding in friends and family, and following good sleeping habits. These are examples of ways in which you can take control of your own mental health. 

However, unfortunately for some people, illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease can have a negative impact on memory, thinking, and behavior and so, for those living with these conditions, it will likely be more difficult to manage and regulate mental health on their own. If this applies to you or somebody you love, then perhaps consider going to an Alzheimer’s care Highland Park home to assist and help with memory care. 

Physical health 

Of course, to be healthy, you must also take care of your physical body. As mentioned, regularly going to see your doctor is one of the best ways to take care of your physical and overall health. If there is anything bothering you, or if you have any questions or are in pain, then definitely consult a doctor as a priority. Even if you believe you’re in good physical health, having regular check-ups, just in case, is always a good idea. 

Apart from doctor’s appointments, another way to take care of your physical health is by exercising regularly. Now, this may seem like a frightening or difficult task, especially if you associate exercise with pain. However, exercise especially in old age, does not have to be (and is definitely not recommended to be) strenuous or back-breaking. It can be a simple as going on a walk, making the bed, cleaning, or even preparing food. The key is to be somewhat physically active. If you want to push yourself (again, always consult a doctor first), then perhaps try moderate exercises such as brisk walking, dancing, or even vigorous ones like jogging or football. 

Again, whichever exercise option you choose, make sure it is not putting too much pressure on your body as this can often do more harm than good. Cater and modify the exercise to your capabilities and most importantly have fun and enjoy doing it! Do practically anything that will get you up and out of bed and moving as opposed to laying down. This will undoubtedly foster a wealth of positive effects on your health, physical and overall and help you age better.

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