The Swim Professor

Jim Reiser, M.S.

Taking Care of Yourself When You Are Older

Unfortunately, society doesn’t look kindly on people who are older. For one reason or another, most people who have become old are ostracized – not intentionally, but just by way of life. Young people try to act with respect towards their elders, but they aren’t really available to take full care of them. And so, as we get on in life, we are asking ourselves – what is our old age going to be like. There are certainly quite a few things that we need to do to prepare ourselves for getting old.

Making sure we have a home and enough savings to last us through difficult times is definitely one of the main things that we all ought to be focusing on. Yet, we should also try to stay as healthy and as fit as we can, because the alternative is not really pleasant. Our bodies are brittle and they tend to break even more when we put them through the stress of aging.

Well, there are things that you can do to prevent yourself from being dependent on others when you grow old. Here are a few tips.

Stay Healthy Through Exercise and Proper Diet

Surely, there are ways to stave off a plethora of little ailments in old age and that’s called – exercising and making sure you are healthy through proper eating. A lot of us compromise on that end – we think cheaper now, will mean cheaper in the future. It’s not necessarily true. There are benefits to shift towards a healthier diet even if that means not eating as much meat and focusing on legumes, vegetables and the occasional small piece of meat.

There are ways to cook very tastily without actually spending a small fortune at the shops and that’s what most people should strive to achieve. To eat completely healthy, however, you will need to completely forego such things as sauces, sugar, sweeteners, and a whole lot of other things. This includes powder coffer you get from a machine, for example as well. You definitely don’t want to drink soft drinks.

Taking Care of Yourself When You Are Older

And now you might be telling yourself -is it really worth going ‘healthy’ when you will have to sacrifice so much of your regular diet. Well, as things stand – you don’t have to, but it would be a great idea. If you find it difficult at first, that’s only because your taste buds have been treated to all sorts of strong tastes that are sort of difficult to get rid of.

But just try going without sugar for a while and a lot of things that haven’t tasted as sweet as they will now that you have foregone sugar!

Making Your Home Safer

Now, when you are older, you will certainly want to make sure that your home is safer – this means making sure that all your locks are tight put in place. You will have perhaps some difficulties getting around. That’s why having a reliable set of locks that you can handle but will also keep unwanted parties outside is important. This is why you should always find the best services to offer you help whether it’s an emergency or something that you want to deal with in the course of a regular day, such as

Now, what most people need to be reminded of is that aging is a natural process and the best thing we can do for ourselves is to just focus on staying healthy.

So, yes, your home can be made safer, you can have your savings and you can enjoy the company of many of your peers, but the key factor to having a great life even when your biology is starting to work against you is to stay healthy.

What About a Senior Center?

Senior centers aren’t a bad idea at all. While most people who hear about it the first time would certainly shun it, the plain truth is that these facilities are equipped and ready to meet a lot of the demands of people who are going to be visiting them in the future. This is understandable and it goes to show that such facilities are in fact prepared to give people who sign up for them what they need.

In fact, t’s high time for any stigma about such facilities to be refuted once and for all. Going to such a center is voluntary and you may leave whenever you want to. Yet, there are opportunities to find friendships there and many people appreciate that.


May 13, 2015 at 7:16 pm Comments (0)