Staying healthy can help us usher in the golden years, but at no point are we free at home. Making good health choices can extend your life and improve your quality of life anytime age. And being vigilant about certain things can be especially helpful after middle age. Read on to learn about the health mistakes experts say you should never make again after your 60s — and to ensure your and others’ health, don’t miss them Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
It’s a myth that we need less sleep as we get older. In fact, it is crucial for good health and longer life. That’s because the body repairs itself during sleep, sweeping away toxins, repairing cell damage, and fine-tuning various systems. Poor quality closed eye has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression and even dementia. Experts, including the National Sleep Foundation, recommend getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night. If you’re having trouble, your doctor can help.
Like poor sleep, loneliness isn’t something you should just accept as part of getting older. Experts believe that social isolation triggers a stress response in the body, which over time can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Research has found that loneliness can increase the risk of dementia in older adults by 50% and increase the risk of cancer (and a poor prognosis). Prioritize regular socializing with friends and loved ones, join activity groups, or volunteer.
Get your COVID-19 booster shot when it’s time – the chances of being hospitalized or dying from respiratory illnesses like the flu, pneumonia and COVID increase with age. In the meantime, make sure you get all other recommended vaccines for people over 60. The CDC says every adult should have a annual flu vaccine, and people over 60 should make it a priority. The CDC also recommends two: pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines for people 65 years and older, and two doses shingles vaccine for people over 50.
Periodontitis – which affects the bones and gums around the teeth – is a condition that becomes more common in the later years. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss. In addition, studies have linked periodontitis to other health problems such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. See your dentist regularly and make sure they measure your gums and check your X-rays for signs of bone loss.
Experts say regular exercise improves muscle tone and mass, reduces bone loss, improves memory, boosts metabolism and improves sleep — all extremely helpful after 60. Conversely, being sedentary increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease.
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise) each week. Some examples of moderate-intensity exercise include brisk walking, dancing, or gardening; Vigorous exercise includes running, swimming, walking or cycling.
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