The following is a guest post from Leslie Johnson.You may not be able to turn back the hands of time, but just
because you're skin isn't as supple as it used to be doesn't mean that you
can't feel youthful at heart. In fact, research shows that the younger you feel
in the inside, the more likely you are to fight off the chances of developing
dementia. There are a lot of different things you can do to keep you in a young
Mingle with People Who
are Younger than You
Exclusively surrounding yourself with nothing but fellow
seniors is one of the easiest ways to feel your age. Actually putting in some
effort to make sure you're surrounded with a good mix of "younger
people" however—even those who are in their teens—can help bring out a
more youthful spirit inside of you. After all, people tend to mimic traits from
people they surround themselves with on a regular basis. Going to the gym and
enrolling in fun aerobic classes like Zumba can put you in contact with the
right mix of people, so can taking a cruise, enrolling in a Meet Up Group in
your city, or joining a community sports team like golf or bowling.
Get Out and About
Keeping yourself locked up in your apartment and isolated
from the rest of the world can also hinder you from feeling young. Going out to
explore the outdoors —including nature and your city—on the other hand can keep
you feeling young. Go check out the new museum that opened up. Go indulge and
dine at the new restaurant. Attend birthday gatherings. Go the movie theater.
Attend a sporting event. Get out.
Get on Board with Social
Media & Stay "Current"
In order to feel young, you also need to try your best to
stay current with news and pop culture. It's fun to reminisce and watch/listen
to older music and movies that remind you of "the good old days" but
don't get consumed in a time warp. You need to be highly aware of what's going
on right in front of you. This can be easily learned by reading the daily news,
watching some basic prime time channels, and listening to a modern radio
station every now and then. You don’t necessarily have to be a fan of teen
sensation Justin Beiber for example, but you at least want to know who he is
and be aware of mainstream media and culture. This may even mean getting
yourself a Facebook account. In
fact a study
said that Facebook could help relieve depression among seniors since it helps
keeps them in touch with old friends and family.
Exercise and Eat Healthy
Lastly and most importantly, the true key to feeling healthy
is to take care of your current body by feeding it the right nutritious foods
and get some sort of exercise in your life daily, even if it's something as
minor as gardening, walking the dog, or doing some minor stretches when you
wake up in the morning.
Leslie Johnson is a resident blogger
a website that helps students find both programs and careers in the healthcare
industry. She enjoys covering all health-related topics for a broad range of
consumers and welcomes your comments below.