”They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but a new study shows getting active in middle and old age — even if you weren’t active before — can help you live longer”.
The above study confirmed that middle to older age people who participate in regular physical activity ‘were substantially more likely to live longer‘ (ABC – Health & Wellbeing). The results are two fold as not only does physical activity help you live longer, its also not too late to get started. The below checklist is a guide to living well while aging, with a focus on all aspects of health and well being -including physical activity.
It is important to stay connected, whether that’s through attending weekly meet-ups or learning new skills to avoid feeling isolated and lonely. This could involve attending a group program such as our Walking Group or Men’s Shed. There are also art, pottery, dancing, music and other community groups available in Whitehorse via the Box Hill Community Arts Centre. Regular social activities give you the opportunity to meet new people, often those in similar situations. It’s also a chance to exchange stories and experiences, helping you to share the journey of getting older with others.
At every stage of life, your nutrition needs change. As you age, its increasingly important that your body receives all the nutrients that it needs. Eating healthy for some is a way to help manage a chronic or complex health condition such as diabetes, osteoporosis or coeliac disease. Eating well also helps to sustain energy levels as you get older, giving you the fuel needed to keep active. We offer a dietitian service that can help you with your specific needs. We also have a range of diabetes programs for those needing to keep their diabetes in check via nutrition education and support.
Regular Dental Health Checks
Did you know that good oral health is important to maintaining your overall health? Not only does maintaining a healthy mouth help you avoid gum disease, it has also been linked to preventing a range of health complications such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, pneumonia and oral cancers. Carrington Health can provide you with the right dental options to suit your needs including our public dentistry and Box Hill Family Dentistry.
Screening, preventing and managing Diabetes
After the age of 45, the risk of Type 2 Diabetes increases. Attending regular diabetes screenings and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are key to preventing and managing this chronic condition. We offer a range of programs that can help people who are either diagnosed or at risk of having diabetes. Many of our programs work with your GP, to help you manage living with diabetes through education, planned physical activity, understanding your nutrition needs and learning how to adapt your lifestyle. We also have a diabetes support group to help you socialise with others and to receive the latest in diabetes health news and research information.
Keeping on top of falls
A reality of getting older is that the likelihood of falls both at home and out and about increase. Keeping on top of falls helps you to avoid injury and also helps you maintain your independence for longer. Not many older adults are aware that there are ways to prevent falls in the first place, including regular fall assessments. A fall assessment program can include testing your balance, building your strength and modifying your home. Things such as installing rails, slip proof matts and props to help you pick up things from the ground can all help to prevent falls. For more information check out our Falls Prevention program which also incorporates a Falls Exercise Program covering strength, balance and stretching.
Maintaining Strength, Balance and Exercise
Of course it’s important to have good strength and keep up regular physical activity at all stages of life. Yet sometimes getting older means we have to actively make an effort to include regular exercise into our lifestyle, both to avoid and manage chronic health conditions. The benefits of regular exercise are endless, including improving our physical, mental and social health. We offer a range of group exercises and programs that are led by our team of Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Health Assistants and Trainers. These programs can help you keep active and also give you an opportunity to regularly connect with other people in your community.
Prioritising Mental Health
Keeping on top of our mental health is important for all of us. Yet we tend to forget how the range of changes that happen as we get older can all take their toll on our sense of security and confidence. Social isolation, health concerns, living arrangements and financial worries are just some of the challenges that impact our mental well-being as we age. We provide counselling through a range of different options, for people who need support along the journey. Maintaining good mental health means that you can spend more time enjoying life as you get older and doing the things you love.
We all know that getting older is a part of life. The best time to get started towards better health is now and we are with you along the journey. We provide a range of health and well-being options for people at all stages and walks of life. We can also provide services to older adults through their My Aged Care plan .
Get in contact with us today by making an enquiry online or calling us on 9890 2220.