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Posted on December 12, 2023 by Lisa Cini in aging, body, design, healrh, Lisa Cini, mind, Soul

Healthy Aging: Three Wshes For Your Well-Being


Healthy aging: Three wishes for your well-being

BY LISA M. CINI

Healthy aging is a lot like making three wishes from a genie; you must be careful with your choice of words. In the past, people wished to live to a “ripe old age,” but longevity alone doesn’t guarantee a fulfilling life. To truly wish for healthy aging, one must encompass the well-being of the mind, body, and soul. Let’s delve deeper into each aspect.

Mind:

Without a sound mind, the state of your body matters little. Tragically, diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s illustrate this point all too well.

Strategies to maintain a healthy mind include regular exercise, sufficient sleep, nutritional supplements, and limiting sugar intake. Staying socially connected and continually learning and sharing experiences can significantly contribute to keeping your mind sharp.

Body:

Even with a sharp mind, an ailing body can lead to chronic pain and a sense of disconnection. Mobility issues, impaired vision, and hearing problems can erode autonomy, while incontinence can pose further challenges.

agingTo maintain bodily health, prioritize exercise and avoid sugary and processed foods. When exercising, choose routines that involve manageable weight increments to reduce the risk of injury. Saunas can be beneficial for arthritis, blood pressure, and circulation. Incorporate stretching into your routine, whether through self-practice, with resistance bands, in yoga classes, or with the help of a professional. Massages enhance blood flow and reduce lymph buildup; vibration plates can improve balance and reduce incontinence.

Proper nutrition and supplements are as essential as exercise, if not more. Modern DNA tests such as 23andMe, DNA Ancestry, and Everlywell can provide personalized dietary insights based on your genetics.

“Don’t forget to have your hearing checked and consider hearing aids if necessary. These aids are now commonplace and can help prevent dementia and reduce the risk of falls.”

Additionally, invest in orthotics and eyewear, which can significantly improve your comfort and engagement with life. Often, we underestimate the impact these basics can have on our overall well-being as we age.

Evaluate your living space’s design as well. Older adults require 70% more light than those in their 20s. Install smart sensor lights to enhance nighttime visibility and consider adding handrails to stairs and grab rails in bathrooms for safety. Declutter your living space, as clutter can lead to accidents. A fresh coat of paint on handrails and behind toilets can reduce stress. Bidet toilet seats, once a luxury, are now considered a necessity for aging individuals due to their comfort and hygiene benefits.

Soul:

Physical and mental well-being are insufficient without meaningful connections. Loneliness and isolation have serious health consequences, with social isolation even linked to a 50% increased risk of dementia, according to the CDC.

agingTo nurture your soul, prioritize social connections. Join clubs, walking groups, or study groups. Travel, whether near or far, can help you reconnect with friends and discover new interests. Social media platforms make it easier than ever to reconnect and find like-minded communities. You can even explore cost-effective options like house swapping for global travel adventures.

By wishing for and nurturing the health of your mind, body, and soul, you can truly achieve the goal of healthy aging.

 

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Some books that can help you are:  The Longevity Paradox by Steven Gundry, MD, Young Forever by Mark Hyman, MD, Healthy Aging by Andrew Weil, MD & Change Your Brain Everyday by Daniel G. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Cini is America’s foremost authority on the design of senior living environments. She is an award-winning, internationally-recognized designer with more than 25 years’ experience developing interiors that improve quality of life. Her latest book, Boom,

 

 

 

Lisa Cini

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Lisa Cini is America's foremost authority on the design of senior living environments. She is an award-winning, internationally-recognized designer with more than 25 years' experience developing interiors that improve quality of life. Her latest book, Boom,

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