According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there will be over 2 billion people in the world aged 60 or older by 2050, up from 900 million just six years ago.
This is a lot of people—and if given the choice, the majority of these people will choose to age into these years gracefully. But with internal concerns and external demands, doing so isn’t that easy. Healthy aging not only requires commitment; it can involve constant adjustment to adapt to needs or changes that arise in one’s life.
The GreenFields Continuing Care Community—with both its Health & Rehabilitation Center and many amenities available across its multiple facilities–has helped many people adjust to the complexities of aging, and embrace the possibilities the right changes can provide. Things like exercise and dietary direction provided within our GHRC, hobbies enabled by our campus programs, and social interaction enabled throughout our living and recreation areas are helping our residents live their best lives every day.
But for those entering this age phase and wondering what changes should be made to help improve their life longevity, we have some tips to aid healthy aging, compliments of Healthline Media. Each seems straightforward enough, but life rarely is. That’s why every little suggestion can help you find your way to a better tomorrow.
Here are some of Healthline’s suggestions on healthy aging:
1. Improve your diet
Healthy eating is an essential element of an ideal lifestyle. The inclusion of such items as fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains to any diet is a great route to aging gracefully—and a very tasty way to do it.
2. Pay mind to mental health
Keeping your stress levels down and your happiness up can go a long way in easing the aging process. But how do you do this? Spending time with friends, engaging in fun activities, and embracing your age can provide a great start.
3. Protect your skin
Of all the organs we worry about, the skin might be the most overlooked—and it’s the biggest one we have. Be sure to wear sunscreen and find shade when possible, and get annual skin cancer check-ups with your dermatologist.
4. Exercise regularly
What constitutes regular exercise? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, this means 2.5 to 5 hours per week of moderate-intensity exercise, 1.25 to 2.5 hours per week of high-intensity aerobic exercise, or a combination of the two with light muscle strengthening activities.
5. Find new hobbies
According to Healthline, finding new and meaningful hobbies can provide a litany of benefits, like more happiness, a sense of purpose, and less depression. Plus, it can help you live longer, all while keeping you engaged throughout the days and nights ahead.
6. Get some sleep
Finally, it’s the thing that should be the easiest, but is often the hardest: sleep. It’s important for your mental and physical health, improves the appearance of your skin, and can reduce everything from stress to one’s risk of heart disease and stroke. Settle in and snooze for seven to eight hours a night.
To learn more about wellness offerings through GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center, visit https://bit.ly/GreenFields-IPRehab, or call (716) 684-3000 today.
About The GreenFields Continuing Care Community
The GreenFields Continuing Care Community provides for the physical, social, and spiritual needs of residents in a Christian environment. In addition to skilled nursing, subacute rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy at GreenField Health & Rehabilitation Center, The GreenFields offers a variety of living arrangements and support levels based on individual needs. This includes independent living apartments in GreenField Manor; assisted living apartments in GreenField Court; and memory care and enhanced assisted living in GreenField Terrace.