It’s no secret that growing old has an impact on all parts of our body, from skin and hair down to muscles, joints and organs. Eat right, get enough exercise, quit smoking, don’t drink too much alcohol: we all know the basics behind ageing well, but there are other simple steps you can take to help ensure that you age gracefully. We’ve compiled a list of some of our top tips about how to help make sure your golden years are bright and vibrant.
• Stay connected: it’s easy to feel lonely and cut off in the rush of modern life, but thanks to technology like Facetime and social media it is actually easier than ever to stay in touch with family and friends. If the internet isn’t your thing then why not see what local courses, volunteering opportunities or clubs like a WI group, book club or history society are available in your local area? Keeping busy is a great way to meet new people and help prevent loneliness.
• Keep your brain active: challenging your brain is one of the best ways to improve your concentration, sharpen your focus and help boost your memory. Try doing a sudoku or crossword each morning or maybe take up a new hobby like learning a language or musical instrument.
• Get enough sleep: it might sound obvious, but it is important to try and get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Not only does lack of sleep put pressure on your body, leaving you at risk of physical health problems, but being overtired could also have a serious impact on your mental health.
• You are what you eat (and drink): as we get older, our bodies become less capable of processing substances like alcohol or caffeinated drinks. These habits, alongside smoking can have dehydrating effects on the skin, increasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ensuring that you are drinking enough water and eating well will not only make your skin look younger but will also leave you feeling healthier, more alert and more energetic.