There are over 35 million Americans who are 65 or older. This will increase tenfold in the next century. However, the population will double by 2030. As lifespans expand, health conditions related to aging is reaching new levels. The National Council on Aging reports that 77 percent of adults have two or more chronic diseases. Among the top diseases, a good percentage of them involve mental health challenges such as dementia and depression.
With that being said, we wanted to find ways to spread awareness on how you can better improve your health conditions over the age of 55. What are some things that you can do to make your health challenges easier. There are studies that have shown that if we take these three steps, after the age of 55, you can see an increase in our well being.
Older adults can stay healthy if they focus their efforts on the day to day activities.
Focus on Being Physically Active
Exercise is the gateway to many good things. It helps our bodies stay active and our minds mentally strong. Older Adults can face the problem with being physically active which results in problems like depression and other physical ailments. The issue lies with many older Americans not getting enough exercise. The rates of exercise decline gradually across age groups. It’s said that 63 percent of people said they exercised in the past month. This is a problem.
Experts recommend a far more active exercise routine than once a month. Doctors recommend exercising a minimum of 3 to 4 days a week. Exercise can include walking, gardening, and exercise bikes.
Remove Unhealthy Habits
There are harmful habits that can prevent your health from being better. If you remove unhealthy habits, the chances of your health improving is increased significantly. This is another thing we can control after we turn 55. These bad habits can include smoking or drinking alcohol. Americans are drinking more than in decades past. With regard to smoking, the data shows that older Americans reported having a cigarette in the last week.
Follow Medical Schedules
This is another thing that is important to concentrate on after the age of 55. You want to keep track of your medical schedules which may include taking medication or visiting a doctor more frequently. You shouldn’t skip out on those valuable doctor appointments. Following a medical schedule, is important to your health too. If you are scheduled to visit the doctor once a month, it’s good to follow that schedule.