How to Comprehend Healthy Aging:
Healthy aging is defined as a process that does not lead to specials needs and illness. Healthy aging involves eliminating those devastating conditions. Everybody wants to believe that by doing what needs to be done to ensure healthy aging their reward will be healthy living. When you can go out without having conditions that end your life sooner than absolutely necessary, you have lived a healthy life.
Somebody who remains active throughout their life can decrease aging symptoms, such as crows feet, wrinkles, and so on. The person who preserves activities and takes care of themselves can also keep their teeth longer. Most active people will take pleasure in life longer than those who sit on the couch holding it down.
According to medical specialists, the number of senior citizens going into nursing centers has actually been reduced in recent years. Yet, individuals 85 years of age and older continue to need end-of-life care. Impairments of individuals in between 74-85 years requiring inpatient nursing care are trending down according to medical specialists. Individuals 65 years of age and older have also experienced reduced incapacitating illnesses according to medical professionals. This indicates that people are taking life more seriously, undoubtedly; otherwise, we wouldn’t be experiencing those reductions. According to medical professionals, the typical individual cannot live past “125”, yet the number of individuals living to at least 85 is increasing. According to medical experts the average life span is approaching 90, yet some individuals manage to live past 120. This is generally due to healthy living, lifetime exercise programs, and a more “positive mindset”, according to experts.
Healthy Aging is a Complex Process
The aging process is complex with many factors going to how long people live and the conditions they are able to enjoy (or must endure) as they grow older. Your hereditary factors play an outside role in your aging experience. Having “good genes” is no guarantee of a stress free, healthy, old age. Just because your Aunt Judy lived to be 112 doesn’t mean you can expect the same long life. But, the closer the relative with that longevity the more advantageous effect it can have on your life. A parent who lives a long, healthy life may provide the genetic advantage; but, as large a factor may be the positive habits they instill in their offspring. Eating right and getting exercise can be learned elements of life. That fact can help people “overcome their genetic disposition” to a difficult old age helping them live long, healthy, enjoyable lives.
One example of common aging is seen when an individual eats carbohydrates. As we grow older, carbohydrates will increase the level of blood sugar naturally. This is common, yet it is not regular when the blood sugar increases for an individual with any kind of diabetes. This warning to watch what you eat as you get older should be a ringing bell to anyone wanting to contemplate a long and healthy life. That doesn’t mean you need to start eating only kale and drinking almond milk in your 30s. A heart healthy, sensible diet is the best choice for most of us. Don’t deny yourself the occasional treat worrying how many months it might take off your life. It’s more likely the stress you cause yourself will have a more debilitating effect.
You can expect to go through numerous changes as you age. From a child through puberty, our body grows considerably as does our mind. Muscle mass generally increases in both genders, more so in males, through our 20s. Females incur hormonal and psychological changes when they begin menstruating and even more changes when pregnant. Even with a regular physical fitness program, our 30s can produce weight change, thinning hair, and other aging signs. It’s hard to nail down what “typical aging” looks like considering that avoidable diseases, mishaps, and non-biological elements contribute. Additionally, we can negatively affect our aging process if we drink alcohol excessively, overeat, or misuse drugs. Any one of these factors can create instances where an individual’s “aging process” falls outside the norm. Still, while these things can negatively affect aging, nevertheless, individuals who so engage may in some instances continue to enjoy healthy aging. Personally, I would recommend you not take that chance as abstaining from those things has been shown to be much more beneficial.
The Role of Your Teeth in Healthy Aging
One often neglected part of the body which can have a negative influence on your aging process is your teeth. Some might think that losing one’s teeth as you grow old is an inevitability. This is a false assumption. Regular brushing, flossing, and good dental care have enormous benefits and can support healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime. Research has shown that properly cared for teeth actually decrease your chances of heart disease. Heart disease is one of the most debilitating factors when it comes to healthy aging. Neglect your mouth at your own peril. Next to your workout partner, the person who cooks your food, and your primary care doctor, your dentist may be the next most important person when it comes to healthy aging.
When considering what exactly healthy aging means, it’s important to recognize while there are trends and averages, no two individuals are the same. Some people may experience debilitating physical problems which are often influenced by genetics. Others may have aged relatively physically healthy; but experience insidious mental problems. Lapse of memory, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease are three conditions which are prevalent in today’s older generations. Family members suffering from those conditions often require comprehensive care. No one wishes to be a burden on their family members in their old age. Yet, someone can check all the “healthy aging” boxes and still end up dealing with those types of problems.
No matter an individual’s situation, there has been no better time to “rage against age” than now. Situations were much worse in the 17th, 18th, 19th or 20th centuries and prior. Knowledge about the body, what aging means, healthy eating, benefits of exercise, etc. have all played a factor in increasing the average age humans tend to live. Modern medicine helps individuals fight off all manner of disease which used to shorten lives. New discoveries to improve healthy living are being made every day. Your challenge is to stay abreast of them and take advantage when desired. Then you too can enjoy healthy aging.