Healthy Aging Highlights
The National Institue of Aging at NIH shared advice regarding “Healthy Aging Highlights.” These highlights emphasize the importance that lifestyle modifications have on preventing dementia. Making simple changes to one’s daily routine and habits can reap huge rewards in the long and short term.
The National Institute of Aging’s tips also reflect the core message of the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention®: Diet and Supplements, Stress Management, Exercise, and Spiritual Fitness. Managing these aspects of your life will aid in brain longevity, healthy aging, and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Many people make assumptions about what it is like to grow “old” and how older age will affect them. It’s important to understand what is and isn’t a normal part of aging.
NIH Healthy Aging Highlights:
1. The older I get, the less sleep I need.
Not true! Older adults need the same amount of sleep as all adults — approximately 8 hours each night.
2. Only women need to worry about osteoporosis.
Although osteoporosis is more common in women, this disease still affects many men and could be underdiagnosed.
3. It is inevitable that older people will get dementia.
False! Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Although the risk of dementia grows as people get older, it is not inevitable, and many people live into their 90s and beyond without the significant declines in thinking and behavior that characterize dementia.
4. Older adults should take it easy and avoid exercise so they don’t get injured.
Not true! Almost anyone, at any age and with most health conditions, can participate in some type of physical activity. Exercise and physical activity are not only great for your mental and physical health, but can also help you stay independent as you age.
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