Taking Care Of Your Health In Old Age

Outdoor activities for aging women
Staying active as long as you are able is recommended. Pexels photo, CC0 License.

As you age, it often becomes increasingly harder and harder to properly look after yourself. This is so common that it is hard to get away from, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that all is lost. As long as you approach it in the right way, there is no reason that you should not be able to look after your health as well as ever before, even if certain problems are cropping up more often these days. This post discusses some of the possible ways to take better care of your health as you get older. Let’s see what you could be doing better.

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Keeping a positive view on life can do wonders for your overall health! Photo by Fechi Fajardo, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

Retain A Positive Outlook

This first one is so important, and yet is one of the first to be glossed over by many people. But the truth is that if you want to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible, a positive outlook is going to be hugely important. When you work hard to cultivate positivity in your approach, it actually means that your body is less likely to get ill, and that you can recover from any problem much more quickly. It keeps stress down, which in turn reduces cortisol and keeps you fit fro longer, and it will mean that your mental health is much more likely to remain strong too. Do your best to remain positive, and it will make a world of difference to your overall health.

Get Whatever Help You Need

Some people feel shame in having to ask for help, but in fact this is an approach that makes you more likely to be unhealthy. You should feel free to gather whatever help you need to retain your health as best as possible. If you have help, such as spectrum healthcare elder care on your side, as well as the assistance of your loved ones, you will be much more likely to remain healthy longer. You will also be able to survive more easily from any additional serious traumas or accidents that may occur, so for that reason alone it is worthwhile having plenty of help around you.

Outdoor activities for aging women
Staying active as long as you are able is recommended. Pexels photo, CC0 License.

Keep Active As Much As Possible

As far as you can do, make an effort to remain as active as possible. The more active you are, the more likely it is that you will be able to keep fit longer, and it lengthens your lifespan when you remain active too. It’s important to keep moving, as it is often when you stop doing so that you suddenly find you are incapable of carrying on. This is not a situation that anyone wants to be in, so it is definitely worth putting the effort into remaining as active as possible for as long as you can. You will find that it helps how you feel about aging as well. As long as you are able to do this, you will feel so much better in body and mind.


  1. This is a timely post, Christy. My 91 year-old aunt, recently went from assisted living into a nursing home. She’s having a difficult time maintaining her positive attitude. I call her every day, but she keeps saying she’s home sick.

  2. As always, great information. My grandmother (who passed away at 86) took care of herself for the most part by eating right and staying busy (around the house), but she isolated herself a great deal – no socializing (aside from family visiting) and never asked for help. It got to the point where she wouldn’t leave the house to go out to dinner with us. I’m always amazed by 70 + year olds who are still out riding bicycles and playing sports together – that’s how I want to be at 75!

  3. Christy,

    you really care about the old people, and that is so so noble. I adore old people.My parents, I am very lucky I have them. Thank you so much on your humanity !

  4. When I was a youngster, I could never figure out why so many old people seemed so unhappy and grumpy. Feeling lousy, feeling pain when you try to exercise, frustrated that you can’t do what came easily even ten years ago… now I understand.

  5. I am one of the elders you write about. I live in an ordinary apartment building where there is a wonderful group of women “of a certain age” and one man who have formed a thriving community. We do the things you are talking about and experience fulfilling lives. Bravo for your post, Christie.

  6. So funny. I write about aging in my newest book, what changes, how to adapt, and building a strong foundation in our relationships. Wonderful post Christy <3

  7. Hi Christy:
    Excellent point and you are so right, the importance of looking after yourself are so very important as we age… well some of us anyway.

    I think it so very important that people start to be proactive much earlier in life. Anything that can or will rob you of life are the keys to a long and better life.

    Hugs from Alberta

  8. Definitely a positive outlook is key and to keep moving, stay active, stay interested. My parents were always like this and it is only in the last two years they have slowed up. I aspire to be like them and I suppose self-care at a younger age is important. A very timely post Christy and so upbeat x

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