5 secrets of successful aging
Nobody can stop time.
“But we can improve our chances of aging well and staying vibrant and as healthy as possible,” says David Mingle, MD, Physician, Mercy LIFE Broad Street.
- Eat smart. In particular, you may want to follow what’s called a Mediterranean diet. It emphasizes eating healthy fats—such as those found in olive oil, nuts and avocados—fish, whole grains and lots of vegetables. And it limits sugary treats and red meat. This style of eating has been shown to cut the risk of heart attacks by 50 percent in people 70 to 90 years old.
- Move more. Regular physical activity can help you prevent—or manage—serious health problems like diabetes and heart disease. But play it safe and ask your doctor what’s the best exercise for you.
- Keep your mind sharp. Activities that challenge your mind—like learning a new hobby—can help prevent memory loss and keep your brain healthy.
- If you smoke, try to stop. “No matter what your age, quitting smoking improves your health,” Dr. Mingle says. “It can help you breathe more easily and have more energy.” If you’re a longtime smoker, it can cut your risk of smoking-related illnesses.
- Stay connected. Loneliness can hurt your health. It can raise your blood pressure, disrupt your sleep and even weaken your immune system. So stay in touch with old friends, and try to make new ones. A good place to socialize is at a Mercy LIFE Adult Day Center.