Experienced – 60s +
Your 60s are a time to reinvent how you’re going to spend the next 20+ years of your life. A 60-something can choose to slow down or get up and become more active. It’s never too late to start making decisions that will enhance your health and, ultimately, your quality of life. Find a physical activity that you enjoy and stick with it. Whether it’s an exercise program, walking, or watching your grandchildren, staying active, and engaged is important.
Think Positively About Aging
If you can develop a positive attitude toward aging, you could add up to 7.5 years to your life according to some researchers. Having a positive attitude affects how your body deals with stress and how it impacts your behaviors. Spend some time thinking about the positive aspects of age like wisdom and having more time for your own spiritual growth. See how many positive things about aging you can think up and remind yourself of those positives.
Maintaining a high fitness level will also lower your risk for disease, reduce stress, and protect your bones and joints.
Make Time to Take Care of Your Brain
Your brain likes problems. The brain likes something to puzzle over and figure out. It loves making new connections and learning, a practice that studies have shown keeps your brain healthy. Be sure to take steps to keep your brain happy in retirement.
Avoid falling into too much of a routine and keep your brain supplied with new and challenging thoughts. From puzzles to learning new skills, more and more research shows that a healthy brain into old age depends on constant intellectual stimulation. Take some courses, learn new things, and stay smart.
70s and Beyond
The most important health concern for women age 70 and older is ensuring a safe living environment. A safe home helps to reduce the number of falls and trips. The number one predictor of a fracture is a previous one, which means reducing your risk of initial injury will help reduce the risk of additional injuries. Staying active through walking or another aerobic exercise will help maintain bone strength through 70s and beyond. Additionally, it’s important to schedule regular health exams and speak up if any issues arise.
Regardless of your age, having regular exams and annual check-ups are essential in maintaining good health and detecting any possible issues early.
Hot flashes, one of the most common menopausal symptoms, may be making you uncomfortable, and you may notice that your skin is thinner and dryer now.
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