Top Tips For Better Ageing

Posted : Monday 4th March 2013

"We know it’s not just about living longer, it’s about living healthily and happily for longer".

Exercise

You don’t have to join the gym – things like gardening, playing tennis or bowls, or going for a walk can be as effective.

Eat a healthy diet

  •     Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – aim for five portions a day.
  •     Too much salt increases your risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
  •     Too much saturated fat raises cholesterol and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  •     Don’t drink too much alcohol.

Don’t smoke

It’s never too late to feel the benefits of giving up smoking.

Engage socially with others

Have a positive attitude about ageing

Research shows that older people who have a positive attitude to ageing, and who work with the changes it brings, tend to have better health and live longer than those who see only the negatives.

Get regular health checkups

Speak to your GP if there is a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis or glaucoma.

Protect your eyes

Take advantage of free NHS sight tests if you’re eligible. Have your eyes checked every two years, or annually if you are aged 70 or over.

Avoid excessive sun exposure

While it's good to get outside and enjoy good weather, it's important that you take precautions when the sun is out.

Get sufficient good-quality sleep

Getting a decent night's sleep isn't just about beating tiredness.

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