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SALEM – Getting older is a natural part of life, but making healthy choices can help slow some of the effects of time.
“While it is easy to focus on the negative aspects of aging, the way we feel as we age is largely influenced by our lifestyle.” said Alexis Hill, DO, an internal medicine physician affiliated with the medical staff at Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) and Primary Care at SRMC – Lisbon. “As a new season begins, it’s a great time to remember that it’s never too late to make changes that can help you maintain your health at all stages of life. “
Hill offers these tips for healthy aging:
Besides being beneficial for your overall health, regular physical activity can help prevent chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and even some cancers.
“Exercise also strengthens muscles and bones, which may reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fall-related injuries as you age. “ said Hill, who suggests that most adults strive for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, such as brisk walking.
She advises you to speak with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
Eat and drink healthy:
Eating a healthy, balanced diet helps your body get the nutrients it needs as you age and may lower your risk of developing chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
“Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products in your meals; and limit foods rich in processed sugars, saturated and trans fats and salt ”, Hill said. “Plus, drink plenty of water instead of sugary drinks to stay hydrated and maintain your energy levels.”
Get regular checks:
Hill encourages you to visit your primary care provider for regular health checkups and screenings, which can help prevent disease or find it at an early stage, when it is easier to treat. You should also discuss recommended vaccines, such as flu and pneumonia shots, with your provider.
She also recommends that those who have been enrolled in Medicare Part B medical insurance for more than 12 months take advantage of Medicare. “Annual well-being visit” with their supplier.
“During the ‘wellness visit’ your provider will work with you to create or update a personalized disease prevention plan based on your current health and risk factors.” she explained.
Get enough sleep:
According to Hill, most adults should aim to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.
“Poor sleep patterns have been linked to memory loss and trouble concentrating, depression, and an increased risk of falling. If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or feeling excessively tired during the day, talk to your health care provider about ways to improve your sleep. she advised.
Keep your mind stimulated:
Staying mentally active is one of the keys to keeping your mind sharp as you age. Boost your brain health by learning a new skill, reading, playing games, and staying socially engaged with family and friends.
Alexis Hill, DO, Internal Medicine, sees patients aged 18 and over at SRMC Primary Care – Lisbon, located at 38506 Saltwell Road in Lisbon. Appointments with Dr. Hill can be made by calling 330-424-1404.