Healthy aging does not just 'happen' and should not be left to chance.
The earlier you start to adjust your lifestyle to maximize your mental
and physical wellness, the greater the chance of a healthy and
enjoyable old age.
As we age, there are numerous changes which may take place. Some
occur gradually and are quite subtle, others could be as a result of an
accident or illness. We may encounter changes in our mobility, changes
in our reaction speed, changes in our appetite or sleep patterns, and
difficulties with recall.
A detailed analysis of the positive effects of healthy
behaviours on healthy aging after age 45 has shown an
increasing effect with age, supporting the hypothesis that
the impacts of healthy habits are cumulative through time.
This result reinforces the public health message that
healthy habits are profitable throughout the life cycle.
Some chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and
heart disease have a clear negative relationship to healthy
aging. Consequently, preventing those diseases before age 65
could improve the health of the elderly population.
Source: Statistics Canada,
2005004.htm Published 2006,09,19
This website is not designed to give advice on medical
conditions. However there are a few general considerations,
habits that will make a marked difference to the way we age.
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One of the benefits of growing older is that one has wisdom and experience and advice to pass on to others.
Grandpa was celebrating his 100th birthday and everybody
complimented him on how athletic and well-preserved he
appeared. "Gentlemen, I will tell you the secret of my
success," he cackled. "I have been in the open air day after
day for some 75 years now."
The celebrants were impressed and asked how he managed to
keep up his rigorous fitness regime. "Well, you see my wife
and I were married 75 years ago. On our wedding night, we
made a solemn pledge. Whenever we had a fight, the one who
was proved wrong would go outside and take a walk."