Aging Gracefully

You can always take steps to improve life as you age

What is one thing that happens to everyone, and you have no control over?

My uncle would say “Taxes”, but today we are talking about aging. We all know that getting older comes with some different challenges. The good news is that there are a lot of things you can do to improve your life as you age. I always tell patients that being active and moving is one of the single most important investments you can make as you age.

With aging, the old adage holds true that “if you don’t use it, you lose it” and that goes for the physical and mental aspects of aging.

Below you will find a few things that can help you to “age gracefully” and live the fullest life possible.

Staying Socially Active

Stay Active Socially

Research has shown that being engaged socially can increase your life span, decrease depression, as well as provide many other health benefits. Also, being social will naturally increase your overall activity level!

Getting Enough Sleep

Get Enough Sleep

You may have heard that older adults need less sleep than their younger counterparts. That is a myth, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, adults over 65 need 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you have trouble sleeping, try and exercise during the day as it has been shown that exercising improves overall sleep quality.

Staying Physically Active

Exercise

Keeping your body moving and exercising is the single best way to improve your overall quality of life as you age. The CDC recommends 150 minutes of exercise a week for someone over the age of 65. Make sure your exercise routine has a mix of cardiovascular training and strength training. Strength training is often overlooked in the elderly population, but it is a very important aspect of your exercise regimen. Make sure you have a discussion with your physician or physical therapist before you start any exercise routine.

If you have any questions about how you can “age gracefully” feel free to reach out to the professionals at Apex Physical Therapy!

We would love to be a part of your healthcare team.

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