What do active aging seniors struggle with their health?
We have different nutritional needs as we age. Our eating habits change. Plus, older bodies may be more prone to deficiencies of specific vitamins and nutrients. They include vitamin B12 (our bodies cannot absorb it as well from food), calcium (we require more as we get older), vitamin D (we cannot absorb it from the sun as well); and vitamin B6 (our bodies require it to maintain red blood cells).
All you need is a multivitamin that meets your daily needs in most cases. Large doses aren’t necessary either. They may even be harmful. Let your doctor know if you’re taking any prescription medications to avoid any dangerous interactions.
Compared to young adults, children and adolescents need more sleep. In our senior years, we should get back to sleeping 7-9 hours daily, just as we did as teens. The majority of sleep problems are not caused by aging. Instead, it can result from medical or emotional issues with aging.
Our sleeping patterns can also be affected by getting older. During the evening, it makes us sleepier, and in the morning, it wakes us up earlier. It holds even if you were a night owl in the past. You may experience memory problems, pain, depression, and nighttime falls if you don’t get enough sleep after your 50s.
The most common complaint is joint stiffness, particularly in the knees, caused by calcium buildup in places it shouldn’t be due to a lack of intake, which causes the body to store calcium wherever and whenever it can. It is also common for eyesight to degrade after 40, but reading glasses and eye exercises can help maintain focus.
Mobility and mental health are two of the most challenging issues for seniors. Seven percent of seniors suffer from depression. Also, people’s mobility naturally declines as we age, making daily tasks more difficult. Over time, this may cause people to become isolated and stop participating in social situations, pursuing their interests, or participating in activities they enjoy.
With aging, it’s apparent that many functionalities decline. There will be problems with cognition, balancing, respiration, fragility, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, etc. But it is possible to slow down the progress of these issues and have healthy aging. Being physically active, socializing and participating with other groups, and eating healthy helps to enjoy your life more in your senior years.