Ageing is a natural part of everybody’s lives – after all, we all get old at some point. But rather than embracing it, it is something that many of us have instead grown to fear. For many, the thought of growing older brings with it unsettling images of a lack of independence and age-related illnesses. We also worry about becoming a burden on our family or needing expensive housing and care. But whilst this is the unfortunate reality for many of us, there are steps you can take to minimise your chances of becoming ill or immobile. There’s no reason why you can’t live life to the fullest even as you age, so look after yourself and you’ll be able to enjoy your retirement and everything that comes with it.

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Staying Active

Making an effort to keep fit and active is one of the best things you can do to maintain mobility in old age. As we get older we are much more prone to a whole hoard of health problems. These include the risk of stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes – all of which become more life-threatening the older we are. But, people who engage in regular exercise can cut their risk of developing any of these conditions by a huge 50%. Therefore, it’s clearly worth getting up off the couch in order to help prolong your life. It doesn’t mean, however, that you need to be doing a rigorous spin class every day. Simply going for a 30-minute walk will suffice – or, getting out to a local exercise class is another great option. It is also a great opportunity to see friends and socialise, and it has been proven that exercising in a group is a great mood-booster.

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Taking Care of Your Eyesight

Our eyesight is something that many of us take for granted throughout our entire lives. It is only when we get older and our eyesight starts to become impaired that we realise how valuable it is to us. Many of us end up requiring expensive procedures such as cataract removal or laser eye surgery in our old age to preserve our vision and thus maintain our independence. Find trusted eye doctors who you can speak to about any concerns and who you know will take care of you should you develop any age-related conditions. Try and have regular checkups all throughout your life too – either at the hospital or at local opticians.

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Staying in Touch With Friends and Family

Loneliness is a huge problem amongst our ageing population, and it mainly affects those who are immobile or who suffer a condition such as Alzheimer’s. If you are concerned about being excluded from social occasions as you age, raise these concerns with those close to you. Explain that you find it hard to get about these days – for example, you may have needed to give up driving. But stress how much you still want to be a regular part of family life. Also, consider joining local community groups and meeting up with old friends for lunch every few weeks. Conversation and social interaction keeps the brain ticking over, and you will experience a much more fruitful life as a result.

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