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The golden years aren’t what they used to be by Tina Y. Gerber

Getting older can seem like a daunting task: deepening wrinkles, grey hair, pronounced laugh lines, forgetfulness, and the need to grab your reading glasses more often.

Most people in the world today can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. A longer life provides seniors with an opportunity; a chance to pursue new activities while making valuable contributions, but of course, the main factor to consider is ones personal health!

While we tend to decelerate, we can still live an active, healthy life, moving at a slower pace. The best activities for keeping seniors healthy are things like art, music, puzzles, meditation, biking, swimming and walking. These activities are easy to do for most people, no matter what their level of ability.

Despite our best efforts, there are many factors to health issues. A slew of health conditions may show up as you age, and it is best to be aware of these common culprits. The greatest cause of disability today is sensory impairments, especially for middle to lower-income individuals. Things causing sensory impairments include back and neck pain, pulmonary disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, falls, age-related vision problems, and dementia. Many health care systems are ill-prepared to address the needs of older adults, who usually have chronic conditions. We need to provide older seniors with person-centred care: so they may stay healthier longer.

We all know what we are supposed to do: eat well, stay active, maintain a healthy lifestyle, get plenty of rest and visit our doctor regularly. It is never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle. You can always change; things like change from an unhealthy diet, or head towards the healthier side of life by becoming more physically inactive! Both of these changes will increase your lifespan. Common sense rules are to avoid alcohol, drugs, and smoking.

Early detection can mean the difference between a health-related bump in the road or a full-blown crisis! More importantly, try to stay positive and optimistic. Remember, for us as Christians, the Bible says, in 1Corinthians, that whatever we do, we’re to do it to the Glory of God. Our primary purpose for believers in life is to glorify God. We do that when we care for our bodies and live a healthy lifestyle.

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