Aging often involves a number of issues that can come on gradually or suddenly. These changes may require accommodation in lifestyle and thinking. After the age of 65, women should keep in mind a number of factors that are known to be associated with healthy aging to keep their bodies strong, their minds active and their spirits elevated. I spoke with senior wellness specialists at Sunshine Retirement Living about what they feel the needs of women over 65 are (learn more).
A good diet helps in the normal cell division that occurs throughout the body and helps to support metabolic processes. Appetites may dwindle after the age of 65, which makes it even more important to ensure that you are getting the nutrients you need for good health. Whole-grains, lean meats, plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding trans-fats can help to maintain weight and provide high energy levels.
The benefits of regular exercise are being revealed in study after study that show that it not only increases muscle strength and flexibility; exercise also increases bone density, improves cardiovascular function, heightens mental acuity and stabilizes brain chemicals involved in mood. For weight maintenance, regular exercise produces better results than diet alone. Studies also show that any type of exercise produces these benefits.
Those people who find greatest enjoyment after 65 are those who engaged in hobbies or study on a part-time basis during their working years and now can indulge in greater depth. Other people take up new hobbies that they always wanted to try, whether it be astronomy, knitting or volunteer work. These activities help to build new brain connections and keep women mentally sharp.
The time after age 65 can be a period of re-connecting with relatives and more time spent making memories with children and grandchildren. This period can be a fulfilling one that increases the woman’s sense of continuity and security at a time of life that often seems uncertain.
Interacting with peers in a social setting can also have great benefits, providing mental stimulation, memory exercise, physical activity and opportunities for travel. A strong social group can be an adjunct for family and sometimes a substitute for it.
Financial stability is a critical factor is maintaining mental and physical health. Financial stress can have a severe effect on health. Down-scaling one’s residence can be an easy way to provide a more comfortable financial condition. If necessary, consider a roommate, a system that works well for young people and can work equally well for older people. Roommates can provide emotional connection and mental stimulation as the years pass, in addition to helping with expenses.
In my research looking for a place for my mom to stay that she would enjoy, I found one really promising place in New Orleans. The needs listed here in this article are all addressed by this organization.