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The older I get, the harder it gets to get up off the ground when I sit down to play board games with my kids! You too? There are some aspects of your health that you’ll want to pay closer attention to and look after more carefully as you get older. For example, make sure there is someone that can help pull you up off the floor when the board game is over. LOL Check out these 5 health matters to keep up with as you get older.
Stress Levels and Pace of Life
When you’re getting older, you often need to slow things down a little. If that’s not something that you’ve thought about doing yet, you might want to give yourself a break. This is true at any age though! Trying to do too much and stressing yourself out over a million different things is never going to be good for your health and mental wellbeing as you get older. Cortisol is an important fight or flight chemical in our body, but if you keep releasing an overabundance of it continually it can do more harm than good. So think about slowing things down and taking a step back.
The Health of Your Skin
The health of your skin is not something you can overlook as you get older either. Your skin is less able to repair itself in older age, and you become more likely to sustain sun damage to it. That’s why it’s more important than ever to cover up and use sun protection when you’re outdoors or in direct sunlight. At any age, you should also be checking your skin for cancer. Some dermatology offices have a once a year free skin cancer check clinic where they will check you body. With my family members having had skin cancer and knowing a friend in her 20s that had aggressive skin cancer, I don’t skip the yearly check and make sure to do self checks as well. The health of your skin and entire body is on the line if you don’t.
Your Cognitive Functions
The way in which you function cognitively will have a big impact on almost every aspect of your life and health. As you get older, you should be taking extra steps to protect your brain and to stimulate your mind. If that’s something that you haven’t really been doing up to now, it’s time to change. Learn a language or learn a new skill. Learning and exercising your mind is what it’s all about. You can also speak with your doctor about supplements that might help and go ahead an get a baseline cognitive function test.
Your Hearing Health
Your hearing health is important in a wide variety of ways. The way in which we communicate is dependent on being able to hear, and when people leave hearing loss untreated, it can result in a sharp cognitive decline, and that’s not what you want. If you need hearing aids, make sure you use them and look after them. And this hearing aid repair FAQs page will tell you what you need to know about fixing any issues you have with them.
Flexibility and Mobility
Finally, you should think about your ability to get around. You’re not going to be as flexible or as agile as you used to be. But you can improve the situation somewhat by being active and doing exercises such as yoga. Anything that helps you to be active and flexible has to be a good thing.
Be sure to take into account each of the health matters discussed above as you’ll reap the rewards later on by doing so. Don’t wait for something to go wrong in any of these areas before you start taking action. Prevention is always better than cure, especially as you get older.
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