Many seniors stress about the physical effects of aging because they feel they have little control over it. However, there are some healthy lifestyle changes they can make to combat these effects and age gracefully. Your senior loved one does not need surgery or anti-aging creams to control the effects of aging. Instead, Summit live-in care professionals suggest these tips to help him or her feel and look younger.
Sitting around the home with low levels of activity is not healthy for the elderly. This can leave them more susceptible to high stress levels, which can have a negative impact on their physical appearance. However, being active can slow down the aging process. Exercising can help your loved one perform physical tasks at a higher level and keep his or her body fit and looking great. Participating in physical activity like aerobics, gardening, and walking can also increase his or her stamina, balance, and bone density.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Foods rich in minerals, nutrients, and healthy fats are excellent choices for seniors. Though eating these foods does not stop aging, it can help combat its progression. To help minimize the effects aging has on your loved one’s body, be sure he or she eats plenty of nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Following a healthy diet can help your loved one maintain a youthful glow and alter the way his or her body looks and feels.
Seniors who isolate themselves do not usually age well due to the depression and stress isolation causes. Being social with family members and friends can reduce the amount of stress your loved one experiences and help him or her feel happier and eager to do more things, including physical activities. By eliminating the depression that comes with being lonely and isolated, you can help your loved one age gracefully.
Smoking speeds up the aging process, making your loved one look and feel older than he or she actually is. Acetaldehyde, one of the chemicals cigarette smoke releases, can cause your loved one’s skin to age because it has a negative impact on the crosslinking tissues that hold the body together. Smoking can also restrict your loved one’s blood vessels, which slows down blood flow to the skin. When your loved one stops smoking, he or she can slow the aging process and increase his or her overall health and quality of life.
To learn more about helping seniors remain healthy and happy as they age, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our part-time and live-in caregivers can assist with exercise, provide social stimulation, prepare nutritious meals, and help with a wide array of other tasks. For more information on the at-home care Summit families trust, call a friendly Care Manager at 908.450.9400 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.