Growing old has its challenges, no one is denying that. But there are still ways that you can get much better health outcomes than someone who lets time pass without actively participating in their own wellness. One of the most challenging aspects of growing old is the pain and immobility issues that plague so many. Whether you are already a senior person or you are simply preparing for the future, we’ll talk about several ways to retain mobility as you get older.
- Work WIth What You’ve Got. If you are already suffering from mobility problems, it’s important that you make accommodations for yourself in the place where you spend the most time: your home. Stairlifts in the home prevent you from being in pain in your home, where you should be at your most comfortable. When you are in your house, you should be able to get around as free from pain as possible. We’ll do hard work outside the house, just you wait, but inside we’ll try to be comfortable.
- Exercise. One of the principal reasons that older adults become immobile is from lack of strength. When older adults become frail, they have less muscle mass to support their joints. This means more weight presses down on knees and hips, causing the conditions that precede arthritis. By increasing strength and muscle mass, you will decrease the load that your joints have to endure. This will also make any medications you take much more effective. Exercise has other benefits, but when it comes to mobility and pain management, there is nothing more beneficial.
- Socialize. People who maintain active social lives, particularly when there is a physical or competitive element, find it easier to maintain mobility. There are many reasons for this. There are beneficial hormonal reactions to friendship and warm companionship. Socializing also brings out behaviours that you otherwise might not do, like dancing, walking, laughing, or increasing your heart rate. It’s easy to watch your health decline when you are alone, but socialization has many intangible benefits that will improve your health.
- Eat Well. Eating fresh food and home-cooked meals is often the best way to improve your diet. A diet that is strong in fiber improves digestion. A diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables gives your body the materials it needs to heal and grow, without the need for lots of supplements. Adequate nutrition can keep you from losing weight, or gaining too much. In many ways, healthy diet is the foundation upon which all of the rest is built. It is where you get your energy.
- Work. Whether or not you work full time, it is healthy to have a pursuit that you do either to make money or to benefit someone else. This keeps your mind active, gets you out of the house, and generally keeps you on your A-Game.
There are endless ways to promote health and mobility in aging persons, but most do require changes of habit that may not be pleasant at first. In the end, they are worth it because the changes to bodily health are so apparent.