Ageing well – looking after your health

Ageing Well - Looking after health

As we grow older, taking care of our health becomes increasingly important for our quality of life. Ageing well means living life to the fullest, staying active, and maintaining independence. Whether you’re already enjoying your golden years or planning ahead, here are some key tips for healthy living.

 

1. Attend regular health screenings

Regular health screenings are vital for early detection and prevention of potential health issues. The NHS offers several free screenings for older adults, including:

  • Blood pressure checks: High blood pressure can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
  • Cholesterol tests: High cholesterol levels can increase your risk of cardiovascular diseases.
  • Diabetes screenings: Early detection of diabetes can help manage the condition effectively and prevent complications.
  • Cancer screenings: Routine screenings for bowel, breast, and cervical cancer are available and can save lives by detecting cancer early.

Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. Regular check-ups with your GP can catch problems early, ensuring you get the treatment you need when it’s most effective.

 

2. Get your eyesight and hearing tested

Our senses can decline with age, but regular tests can help maintain good vision and hearing:

  • Eyesight: Have your eyes tested at least every two years. Opticians can detect early signs of eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Hearing: Hearing loss is common as we age, but many people don’t realise they have it. If you notice difficulty hearing conversations, especially in noisy environments, get a hearing test.

Clear vision and good hearing are essential for maintaining independence and quality of life, so don’t ignore these important aspects of your health.

 

3. Stay active

Regular physical activity is crucial for keeping your body strong and flexible, reducing the risk of chronic diseases, and boosting mental health. Here are some tips to stay active:

  • Daily exercise: Exercise can include walking, cycling, or swimming.
  • Strength training: Include activities that strengthen muscles, such as lifting weights or yoga.
  • Balance and flexibility: Practices like tai chi and Pilates can help maintain balance and prevent falls.

If you’re not used to exercising, start slowly and gradually increase your activity level. Find activities you enjoy, whether it’s gardening, dancing, or joining a local walking group. Staying active is not just about physical health; it’s also great for mental well-being. You can read more about physical activity on the Ageing Well section of our website.

 

4. Be sociable

Staying socially active is just as important as physical activity to maintain a good quality of life. Social interactions can improve mental health, reduce feelings of loneliness, and enhance your sense of purpose. Here’s how to stay connected:

  • Join clubs or groups: Whether it’s a book club, gardening group, or sports team, joining clubs can help you meet new people and develop new interests.
  • Volunteer: Giving back to the community can be incredibly fulfilling and a great way to meet like-minded individuals.
  • Stay in touch: Regularly connect with family and friends, whether through phone calls, video chats, or social media. Face-to-face interactions are ideal, so make time for regular meet-ups.
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Ageing Well - Looking after health

You can read more about how social connections can help you to slow down cognitive decline in later life on the Ageing Well section of our website.

We have more tips for healthy living and how to look after your health in later years on the Ageing Well section of our website.

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