How To Live Well Over 50
Getting older is inevitable, but how we deal with it isn’t.
Living longer may be a good thing, but what we all want is to live a healthy life so we can enjoy our family and friends and still enjoy many of the pleasures of life.
So, if you’re ready here are 16 suggestions on how to get the best out of life.
1 Eat healthy fats
Most women at menopause 10 to avoid things that are marked high in fat, but it depends to a great deal on what kind of fat it is. We all need some level of fat to help metabolise vitamins and keep our brains healthy.
You already know that saturated fats are bad for your arteries and heart health. But they can also harm your concentration and memory so that any menopausal brain fog can get worse..
So cut down on the red meat, butter, and other such foods. Instead, add more fatty fish and fats from plants, like flaxseed and nuts. These healthy fats may have extra benefits for your heart and your brain.
2 Stay connected
As we get older, our circle of acquaintances can shrink and if your children have all left home and your house feels empty you need to make sure you have a strong social links with others.
Keeping up with friends and family is important, but if you still feel there is something missing then consider whether or not having a pet would help you.
People with cats and dogs seem to have lower cholesterol and less risk of heart disease and need fewer doctors’ visits.
We don’t know why exactly pets seem to help. But at the very least, having a dog that needs walks is a great way to build in daily exercise and meet some new people.
3 Protect your joints
What makes a huge difference as we get older is how well we are able to move, how flexible we are and how strong are bones are.
People used to think running would wreck their knees, but if this is something you have always enjoyed then new research suggests it might strengthen them. Plus it doesn’t seem to raise your risk of arthritis.
However, a word of caution: if you have arthritis or damaged joints, running could be too much. But you can still benefit from low-impact activities like walking or biking can help strengthen muscles, support joints, and lessen pain
4 Sex is important
As you get older, your sex life changes — and there can be real benefits. You’re more confident, there is no fear of pregnancy and . getting older can free you from hang-ups and constraints, especially if your kids have moved out and you have the house to yourself again.
Regular sex helps your immune system, can improve bladder control, lower blood pressure, pain and risk of heart attack.
5 Keep Learning
Surprise yourself. Instead of sticking with what’s familiar and comfortable, tackle something new. Go to out-of-the-ordinary places. Make new friends. Learn a musical instrument or a language.
New experiences will build new pathways in your brain, keeping your mind healthy as you age. They’ll also expand your options for finding excitement and happiness.
6 Reduce salt
Is your blood pressure higher than it used to be? That’s not unusual. It tends to rise as we get older. Since sodium can drive your readings up, cut down on salt in your diet.
The worst sources are premade and packaged foods. Bread and rolls can also have a lot of salt.
Want a natural remedy? Eat a banana — the potassium will lessen the effect of sodium in your diet and keep your blood pressure lower.
7 Reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s
Want to keep your mind sharp as you get older? Get moving. Regular exercise in middle age can lower your odds of having memory and thinking problems when you’re older by almost half.
Exercise boosts blood flow to your brain and helps new cells grow there. Just 30 minutes of walking, biking, or even gardening 5 days a week can make a difference.
8 Get tracking
Get a fuller picture of your health by trying a wearable fitness tracker, logging the food you eat onto a smartphone app, or using gadgets like a home blood pressure monitor.
You’ll learn new ways to improve your health and chart your progress soy can see where you are doing well, and what could be improved.
9 It’s never too late
So you didn’t have the healthiest habits in your 30s and 40s. Maybe you ate too much and exercised too little. That’s OK. The key is to do better now.
Changing your lifestyle in your 60s and beyond — exercising more and eating healthier — can still make a big difference. You can lower your risk of heart problems, cancer, and bone fractures.
It’s not too late. You really can be healthier and more fit now than when you were 30.
10 Make better food choices
As you get older, your metabolism slows down and you need fewer calories. So make the ones you get count.
Choose foods packed with the nutrients you need. Eat dark leafy greens and colorful fruits and vegetables. Increase low-fat dairy to get calcium for bones.
Fortified foods — like cereals with vitamin B12 and milk with vitamin D — can help, too. Cut down on empty calories from sugary drinks and sweets.
11 Stay balanced
Having good balance is one of the best ways to prevent a fall — and potentially serious injuries.
Make these exercises part of your day. Stand on one foot or walk heel-to-toe — as if you were walking on a beam.
The gentle, dance-like movements of tai chi are another helpful option. Older people who stick with tai chi for 6 months can cut their risk of a fall in half.
12 Build strength
Aerobic exercise is important, but don’t forget to build your muscles, too.
One study on regular strength training in seniors found that it caused genetic changes in cells. The result: Older people’s muscles became more like those of people in their 20s.
13 Get Social
Spend more time with friends or family. It can help keep your mind keen. Social people have sharper thinking and they’re much less likely to have memory problems as they age.
Or try volunteering. It’s linked with a lower risk of heart disease and a longer life. Don’t wait until you retire to start. Studies show that the earlier you begin, the less likely you are to have health problems later.
14 Fend off wrinkles
Want your skin to defy the years? Use sunscreen every day: It really does prevent wrinkles. And it’s not too late — even people who didn’t start using it until middle age still get a benefit.
Choose a product with an SPF of 30 or higher.
15 Sleep well
You might need a little less sleep these days than you used to. That’s normal. But if you’re getting less than 7 hours a night, or feel worn out during the day, something’s wrong.
Insomnia isn’t a normal part of getting older. Exercise more, drink less alcohol, and discuss your medications with your doctor. Seek treatment if you have an underlying problem like depression or anxiety; it can help you sleep soundly again.
16 Enjoy the rewards of age
Here’s some good news: The older people get, the more content and satisfied they are. People in their 80s report being more satisfied than people in their 70s.
So look forward to the future. It could be a time of great happiness.
If you are in peri/menopause or post menopause your hormones can still affect the quality of your life.
Bioidentical progesterone can help with sleep, stress and flushes and a combination cream that also has oestrogen will be of benefit for night sweats and skin and vaginal dryness.