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Make Your Later Years Healthier And Happier

There are many ways in which people can take an active role in making their later years healthy and happier.

Studies have shown that older adults with positive attitudes, good nutrition, regular exercise, and social activities are more effective at avoiding or dealing with problems and crises in later life.

It is almost never too late to make positive changes in lifestyle to help maintain good health.

Nutritionists advise that older adults adopt a balanced, low-fat diet full of high-fiber foods, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, exports, and cereals.
A low-fat, high-fiber diet is known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.
Some studies suggest that a diet rich in calcium may prevent or delay osteoporosis. There is also considerable evidence that a low-sodium diet can reduce the risk of hypertension.

Health professionals recommend that physical activity is also a key ingredient for healthy aging. Various kinds of physical activity can affect body shape, bone and muscle strength, flexibility, agility, balance, heart and lung endurance, and circulation.
Physical activity can also reduce obesity, fatigue, and stress and can lift spirits.
Physical activity lowers the risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, falls, some cancers, and late-onset diabetes, assists in weight control and lessens the disabling and painful impact of arthritis and other chronic diseases.

Many older adults have been physically active throughout their lives in their work, family roles, and in other pastimes such as gardening, dancing, and sports, even though they have never pursued a formal plan of exercise. Experts recommend that anyone intending to begin a new physical activity or program of exercise consult a physician or other health professional to help design a plan tailored to that person's abilities, health conditions, activity preferences, and goals.

Some people report that one of their greatest fears about aging is the loss of mental abilities, and, in particular, the development of dementia or Alzheimer's disease. In reality, only about 10 to 15 percent of people age 65 and over have an illness that affects the ability to think. Although researchers have found that many people do become a bit more forgetful (about recent events) at older ages, this process is usually so slow and gradual that it has very little effect on functioning in everyday life. Many studies show that memory can even be improved with training or practice. Active older people report that they plan for or compensate for what is called "benign forgetfulness" by using memory aids, such as making written lists and reminder notes, or putting prescription medicines in a sorting container
designed to help people keep track of multiple medications

Keep busy by pursuing hobbies, doing volunteer work, taking classes, and if possible visiting friends – never stop learning.
How most people fare in old age may not be a matter of fate or genes but rather how they live.

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