While it’s easy to focus on the negative aspects of aging, there are lots of things you can do to stay positive and healthy as you age. We have put together a list below that will help you stay active, eat healthy and keep up with research on aging.
You can stay active as you age, but it’s important to make sure you’re doing things that are safe for your current level of fitness. If you haven’t been exercising much in the past, start with something like walking or riding a bike–it’s easy on joints and won’t cause any strain on your body.
As time goes on and you feel more confident about exercising regularly, try adding some strength training exercises into the mix; they’ll help keep muscle mass intact while also improving bone density. When choosing an activity like this one, be sure that it fits into your schedule–not every workout has to take up half an hour! It may seem like a lot of work at first (and sometimes even after), but once it becomes routine there will be no stopping what good habits can do for both mind and body.*
Moderate exercise has been shown to improve cognitive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). This type of impairment is often an early warning sign for Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia later on down the road–so if you want to keep your mind sharp as long as possible, staying active is key!
SCOA Globe Walk
Fit Over 50 – City of Saskatoon
Forever in Motion Online Fitness Classes
Eating a balanced diet is important for everyone. The key to eating healthy on a budget, though, is knowing which foods to buy and how much of them you need. There are many ways that you can eat healthy if you have allergies or special diets like vegetarianism or veganism.
Canada Food Guide for Seniors
Diet and Nutrition, Canadian Frailty Network
Eat Well Saskatchewan
We work out to keep our bodies fit but our minds need to stay active as well. Learning new things and staying mentally stimulated contributes to overall health and well-being.
Places to Learn
Saskatoon Council on Aging – Classes for Seniors
Saskatoon Seniors Continued Learning
Sask Polytech School of Continuing Education
Keep up with research and news on aging
As you get older, it’s important to keep up with the latest research on aging. You’ll want to know what the latest findings are and how they affect your health, so that you can make informed decisions about what steps you need to take for yourself and your loved ones.
There are many ways of staying up-to-date with this type of information::
Subscribe to online portals like McMaster Healthy Aging Portal, they publish articles that summarize recent studies on aging and health care related topics by leading experts in their field.
Listen to podcasts On Aging Canadian Conversations , The Act Podcast
Take care of your mental health
As you age, it’s important to take care of your mental health. As we get older, our brains change in ways that make us more likely to experience depression and anxiety. We also face a higher risk of dementia and other forms of cognitive decline that can affect our ability to think clearly or make decisions.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You can ask your family, friends and community for support in whatever way they are able: by offering help or just listening when you need them most. They will appreciate knowing that they can be there for you when it matters most–and so will you!
Canadian Mental Health Association Saskatoon Branch
Saskatoon Mobile Crisis Service 306.933.6200 [emergency]
Mental Health Services, Government of Saskatchewan
Wellness Together Canada
You’re never too old to be positive. In fact, it may be more important than ever to stay positive as you grow older. There are lots of ways to stay healthy and happy as an older adult–and they all start with you!