What if I told you that how quickly — and how healthfully — you age may be largely in your hands? Growing old is something of a stigma in the U.S., and, for that reason, seniors may not know how to prolong their lives and maintain their health and independence into old age. These simple tips, however, can make all of the difference.
You Can Will Yourself To Live Longer
Aging more slowly and living a longer and happier life may all come down to your attitude. Researchers reveal that negative thoughts about aging can be somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy. In fact, seniors with negative perceptions of growing old lived up to eight years less! Staying positive, smiling, and laughing all, on the other hand, increased Americans’ odds of living longer. Being relatively happy also reduces the likelihood or onset of chronic illnesses, one study shows.
Sex Education Isn’t Just For Teens
“Sexually transmitted infections are running rampant among older Americans, with STI rates doubling among 50- to 90-year-olds in the past decade,” Senior Planet reports. Dating at an old age is becoming easier, thanks to the internet. Seniors who take up dating again after nearly a lifetime break, however, do not know some of the basics about preventing STIs. Experts encourage seniors to talk to their doctor about any and all health concerns, including those relating to sex.
Don’t Become A Statistic (Falls Send 2.3 Million Seniors To E.R. Per Year; Don’t Be One Of Them!)
Falling is one of the most common injuries among seniors. Simple things, like walk in tubs, can change that. Walk in baths give seniors the freedom and independence to bathe alone safely and to choose whether to fill up the tub or bathe with a handheld attachment. Some walk in tubs and showers, especially corner ones, are even large enough to fit two people and double as a Jacuzzi. Bathroom safety for seniors is a critical step to reducing preventable injuries.
Doctors agree. You can live a long and healthy life — and you can have a direct hand in it, too. Live a longer, quality life by staying positive, educating yourself, and carefully following any guidelines about bathroom safety for seniors.