As we grow older, maintaining good health becomes increasingly important. With September being Healthy Aging Month, Kaiser Permanente reminds everyone that this observance is not just about living a longer life.
“With the right lifestyle choices and habits, we can promote healthy aging and minimize the risk of age-related diseases,” said Dr. Sorour Rahgoshay, a geriatric medicine specialist with the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center.
The following are a few tips for a healthy and fulfilling journey into older adulthood.
Stay Physically Active
Regular exercise is vital for healthy aging. Physical activities like brisk walking, swimming or yoga helps improve cardiovascular health, maintain muscle strength and enhance mobility. It can also boost mood, reduces stress and improves cognitive function.
A nutritious diet plays a crucial role in healthy aging. Consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats are important. Staying hydrated is also essential to support optimal bodily functions, so drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Prioritize Mental Health
Aging brings changes in cognitive function and memory. Stay mentally stimulated by engaging in activities such as puzzles, reading or learning new skills. Social interactions are equally important, so maintain meaningful relationships and stay connected with friends and family.
Get Sufficient Sleep
Restorative sleep is vital for overall health and well-being. Seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night to allow your body to repair and rejuvenate. A relaxing bedtime routine can create a comfortable sleep environment to optimize your sleeping patterns.
“By incorporating regular exercise, healthy nutrition, hydration, self-care and mental stimulating activities, we can preserve our vitality, independence and enjoy a fulfilling life as we age,” says Rahgoshay.
For more tips, visit the Kaiser Permanente health and wellness resources web page.