Aging has impacts on the body and on the mind. All too often we don’t look into these until they impact somebody we love, or even ourselves. By then it may be too late. Often the implications on the body are at the forefront of our mind, and for good reason. Daily activities can have a much more detrimental effect on our body as we age. This can result in muscle, joint or even skeletal damage which in turn can cause significant comfort or pain.
Chronic conditions or pain can stop you from being able to use your body in the same way. This can stop you from moving like you used to and make you reliant on support devices like stair lifts or walking sticks. This in turn stops you being able to move freely and can lead to a lack of independence.
While we think of the body first, it’s often the impact on the mind that can be more damaging. Diseases, like Alzheimer’s, can stop you from leading the life you want and you can become disconnected from the world. Even those who do not suffer from a specific disease may find that their minds are slowing to react and memories can begin to fade. This can make people feel a lot older very suddenly.
Recently there has been a lot more research and study into the quality of life of older people. Studies have found that over 60% of older people are suffering from loneliness which is impacting their quality of life. Loneliness, lack of independence and lack of energy all go hand in hand, so it’s important to stack the deck in your favor to keep as vibrant and feel as young as possible.
Keeping Vibrant Energy
Retaining that young feeling and energy is crucial to making the most of life and fending off that old age feeling. Whether you’re making some changes for yourself, or looking to give advice to a family member or friend, there are three key elements to consider:
At any age, being fit and in shape will give you a boost in energy. Exercise releases endorphins which make us feel great, but more importantly they strengthen our muscles and allow us to function more effectively.
Cardiovascular exercise is probably the most important to feeling young. Having a strong, healthy heart will keep the blood pumping, this in turn will help prevent aging across the board.
Aerobic exercises are definitely the way to go but make sure you consider the impacts on your body, especially if you’re older. Low impact exercises like swimming or cycling will be better for your joints.
This goes hand in hand with fitness, but diet is also key to staying vibrant and young. The things you eat will give you the energy you need to function so it makes sense to look closely at what’s going in.
Firstly, make sure you’re consuming enough calories on a daily basis. The specific targets for each individual will vary but consuming between 2000-2500 calories will make sure you give your body everything you need to function.
Vitamins and minerals are the key to a healthy body and healthy mind. Try to consume a wide range of fruit and vegetables to ensure you’re getting a good balance of everything you need.
Perhaps the most important factor in keeping your vibrant energy is the environment you’re in. Nothing can make you feel older than being trapped in a slow, quiet place with nothing happening of interest. This can lead to your body and mind slowing down.
It’s all about simulation and ensuring there are activities to engage in. Having loved ones or friends around will also have a big impact, but just having the opportunity to engage others in conversation will keep you feeling young.
It really can’t be stated enough, the environment you are in will shape how you feel and how you act, so you need to make sure you’re in the right place with the right people.
Many of us will need extra support and care in old age and aged care homes offer this. Specialist support and care will allow independence for those who might otherwise struggle, this is especially important for those with mobility issues.
One of the keys for staying young and vibrant is to make sure you are in the right environment, surrounded by the right people. Isolation is a common problem for older people who may not have a lot of family or friends to be with them. For some families, it can be a long distance to travel and this means they might only see their relatives a few times a week.
Different care homes offer different services, but one of the most important features is the community aspect. Aged care homes create a community from the residents, organizing a range of events which allow everyone to get involved. This is vital for preventing loneliness and ensuring older people retain the energy they need.
There are a lot of different factors to keeping your energy into old age. There is a lot to be said for staying healthy but never underestimate the environment you are in and the people around you. Keeping that energy is the key to getting the most out of your later years so make sure you make the right choices for you and your family.