Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age. Aging gracefully isn’t about trying to look like a 20 year old, it’s about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it.
A 2002 study by psychology researchers in Yale University’s department of epidemiology and public health are now showing that individuals who live long, and lead healthy lives are typically ones who have a positive view on aging.
One of the major challenges with aging is coping with change. This is difficult, no matter how old you are. The particular challenge for older adults is the sheer number of changes and transitions that start to occur—including children moving away, the loss of parents, friends, and other loved ones, changes to or the end of your career, declining health, and even loss of independence. It’s natural to feel those losses. But if that sense of loss is balanced with positive ingredients such as
then you have a formula for staying healthy as you age.
Eating healthy becomes especially important as you age. Older persons are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. Moreover, attempts to provide them with adequate nutrition encounter many practical problems.
As people grow older, their nutritional needs change, including their caloric, vitamin and mineral requirements. This is due to changes in the body that occur naturally with age. Some older individuals have health problems that make it more difficult for them to meet their nutritional needs.
There are things you can do to help prevent deficiencies and other age-related changes. For example, eating nutrient-rich foods and taking the appropriate supplements can help keep you healthy as you age.
Also, practicing healthy habits throughout your life is ideal, but it's never too late to reap the benefits of taking good care of yourself - even as you get older.
“Changing how you eat, rather than what you eat”, can make a bigger impact on longevity.
Older adults may need fewer calories to maintain their weight, since they tend to move and exercise less and carry less muscle.
Aging gracefully is more about being healthy and happy than keeping wrinkles at bay. Maintain a healthy lifestyle; surround yourself with people you love, and do things that bring you joy. Older people with better health habits live healthier for longer.
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