Aside from fountains of decadent melted chocolate or salty stadium cheese (yes, there is such a thing!), the fountain of youth is perhaps the most desirable and sought-after fountain of all. Just one problem—it’s imaginary. But, in a society so fixated on youth and age prevention, that doesn’t stop us from constantly seeking out the newest and best ways to feel and look younger than we are. And even though aging is inevitable, this continual quest to avoid it is encouraged everywhere we look—on TV, in our social media feeds, on the back of public transportation, on giant LCD billboards in Times Square—you name it. The truth is, not only is aging inevitable, but so also are the effects that come with it—and guess what? Not all of them are ‘bad’! In today’s blog, Integrity Home Care + Hospice encourages you to go with the flow—instead of fighting it, try embracing aging gracefully for a more fulfilling life in your sunset years.
Perhaps second in social exposure only to the anti-aging industry is the fitness industry—but for good reason, as the benefits associated with exercise are plentiful. Not only does physical activity improve your mood and mental state while giving you strength and energy, but it’s also a driving force in disease prevention, heart health, and mobility retention. So, keep those feet moving for long-term health and self-care (fun fact—the same advice is applicable to steering clear of stingrays in the shallow waters of the Gulf. You’re welcome). And in case you need more convincing—if you’re an inactive senior, A BioMed International research study found that you can expect higher deposits of fat, along with actual muscle loss and degeneration. So, don’t be sedentary—even low-intensity exercises such as walking, swimming, or yoga are all beneficial forms of exercise.
Although best when paired with consistent physical activity, healthy eating habits can do a lot on their own to improve the condition of your skin and overall health. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a primary diet of fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, grains, and oils—nothing too earth-shattering. But, often overlooked in the quest to age gracefully, is the importance of simply staying hydrated. Not only does staying hydrated offer several internal health benefits but drinking enough water throughout the day can help our naturally aging skin look and feel it’s best, too. Why? As we age, our skin loses its capacity to retain moisture, making wrinkles and aging spots more noticeable. Drinking adequate amounts of water each day can help your skin’s elasticity, preventing cracks, irritations, and other blemishes from popping up regularly.
Proper diet and hydration are important ingredients in the recipes for a well-balanced lifestyle, a healthy glowing appearance, and improved quality of life. Your Integrity Home Care + Hospice care team has the knowledge and skills to help you determine what diet is best for your specific needs.
Our skin deserves some extra TLC. After all, not only is the largest organ of our bodies (with a total area of about 20 square feet!), but it also serves as a protective barrier against microbes, dangerous substances, and unpleasant weather conditions (like heat exposure), regulates our body temperature, and permits our entire sense of touch.
As we age, you may start to notice some common signs of skin deterioration like discoloration, spongy or hard patches, and pain or itching. To keep this vital organ healthy and fully-functioning, try adding a few of these tips/techniques into your daily skincare regimen:
As humans, it is scientifically proven that we require social interaction for a healthy and meaningful life. Spending an extended period alone is impossible, which is why getting involved with community events or spending time with those you love is essential for reducing depression, finding a sense of purpose, and aging gracefully. Just don’t forget to get your Zzz’s. After all that socializing, a solid eight hours of sleep will go a long way to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and prepare you to be fully energized the next day. Sufficient sleep also aids in collagen production, which can help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines, and has even been shown to encourage auto-immune efficiency.
Aging can sound scary, but it really doesn’t have to be. Proper diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle habits will contribute to happiness, purpose, and long-term gratification—regardless of your age. The Integrity Home Care team is here to provide high-quality health care and ensure you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy wherever you call home. Get in touch with a company that cares. For more information about our locations and services offered, contact Integrity Home Care + Hospice today.