Strategies to Get the Most from Life After 60

Sixty and Still Enjoying!

Dr.Neeraj Mehta profile Authored by Dr.Neeraj Mehta on 10 Mar 2015 - 13:10.

Old-man

Old is gold, says the adage. Rightly so, the years lived over the age of 60 is precious and is the time to enjoy life to the fullest. And, why not? There is no reason to think it cannot be done. With the right attitude and good health care, anything can be achieved at this stage in life.

Aging is a natural process which takes place in everyone’s life and should be accepted with a positive attitude. With the willingness to learn new things and the interest to participate in different activities, one can enjoy quality life.

Physical and mental fitness are important and can be achieved by positive thinking. Single or as a couple, now is the time when there is leisure time available to do things together, which was missed out earlier for want of time. This will help to enhance ones’:

  • Emotional and mental well being
  • Physical fitness
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Quality time with the family

Stay Active

You may have many more years ahead, but thinking positive always, is the key. Things one can do for an active lifestyle are:

  • Being open to learning new things. Learning never stops.
  • Having fun like watching a movie, going out for a meal or catching up with friends.
  • Staying young at heart and mind, follow current affairs and move with the time.
  • Actively participating in community services like educating the under privileged children, or becoming a member of some committee etc.
  • Finding some volunteer work to do.
  • Going for a holiday to a place where you always wanted to go.
  • Spending time with your friends and doing things together.
  • Doing some activity with your grandchildren like taking them to a park or playing some game or reading out a book to them.
  • Staying connected to people. Regular face-to-face contact helps you ward off depression and stay positive.

 Don’t worry:

  • Don’t worry about savings as much.
  • Don’t be afraid of death of a relative.
  • Take it easy and accept the fact that you may not be able to do everything that easily as earlier.
  • Stop worrying too much and live life happily, every second counts.

A study has shown that if you perceive yourself to be old and frail you are more likely to give up activities which could help to keep you young – such as socializing and exercising regularly.

Regular exercises increase physical strength and flexibility. Take only those medicines which are required; eat small 6 -7 meals of different variety fruits and vegetables; get your health checkups done on a regular basis; keep yourself hydrated during summer and drink plenty of water.

Exercise regularly:

  • Exercise in groups in parks, open spaces or at home.  
  • Stretching and breathing exercises may be followed by a walk or a game of petanque or croquet. 
  • Group exercises are a good medium to socialize and motivation. 
  • Aerobic exercises are important to keep the heart and lung functioning well.
  • Moderate aerobic training is also beneficial for the immune system.
  • A program consisting of walking 3 to 5 days a week may help guard against viral infections in persons over 70 years.
  • Regular exercise also increases bone density, leg strength and reduce cardio vascular risk factor.

A medical clearance is necessary for all seniors. Moderate to low intensity and higher amount of repetition 3 to 4 times per week and a cardio vascular program will gradually build up the stamina and strength.

Exercise also boost the memory power, testosterone levels, muscle mass and balance. It also increases the overall posture which helps avoid a fall. Regular exercise also decreases the risk of medical challenges in the aging process.

Watch your diet:

  • Avoid excess Sugar: use less of all sugar including white sugar, brown sugar honey and syrups, choose fresh fruits or fruits canned without sugar.
  • Avoid sodium: Chemicals added to processed food can add unwanted sodium to your diet. Avoid sodium benzoate (a preservative), soya sauce, sodium nitrate (preservative), and other forms of sodium.
  • Eat less fat: Cut down on sausages, salad dressing. Switch from whole milk to skimmed milk; limit the consumption of butter milk, butter, cream or coconut oil.
  • Eat green: Try to consume lot of vegetables and fruits in your diet. There are three categories of green vegetables - dark green, deep yellow and the starchy. Consume a variety of vegetables and fruits to get adequate nutrients for good health. 
*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.