65 And Older Health and Longevity

The Physical Changes That Come With Aging

April 17, 2018
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Lately I’ve noticed physical changes in my body.  When I walk up a flight of stairs, I am out of breath.  My skin is a dull and my eyelids are a bit droopy.  I was pretty active in my 30’s, staying up late at night didn’t bother me.   If I’m not in bed at 9 o’clock, my eyes start to droop.  My arms had definition and so did my waist, which is beginning to disappear.  I would work 3 jobs and have energy left over.   Today it’s snowing outside and I want to stay in bed all day!  When did this happen?  Age crept into my body like a thief in the night.

I’m not ready to accept these physical changes.  I don’t think any of us over the age of 65 are ready, we have a lot more to do; right? So let’s look at what we CAN do to improve our quality of life.    

The Heart

During our lifetime our hearts will beat more than 2.5 billion beats?!  That is phenomenal!  Some of us already have high cholesterol and associated with high blood pressure, blood vessels lose elasticity and we acquire fatty deposits that attach to our artery walls making it difficult for our hearts to pump blood to important organs in our bodies.  Some of us may be on the road to high blood pressure or hardening of the arteries.  I admit, I have high blood pressure.  I didn’t think that would be an issue for me because of my active lifestyle when I was younger, but here I am on medications.  So this year I have made a pledge to myself to exercise more and eat healthier.  Since I’m a busy person and hate to shop and cook, I looked into meal delivery services and I’ve tried a few, but the one I am like is Purple Carrot.  Purple Carrot is plant-based meals high in protein and meat free.  I am not a fan of meat.  (I have provided the link in case you are interested in researching the product)   I’ve tried Blue Apron, but it contains meat.  There are few good meal delivery services, you just have to be willing to try them making sure that you can cancel if you don’t like them. (**Please note that I am not a representative of neither Blue Apron or Purple Carrot and am not advertising for these products)

Here are the benefits I liked:

  1. All ingredients are fresh;
  2. Ingredients are measured out;
  3. Step-by-step instructions are included; (very easy to follow and I think the longest meal prep time was 40 minutes but it was delicious!)
  4. There is little, if any, wasted food; 
  5. You can plan your meals.

Want to know how healthy your heart is?  

Vist NIH and take their heart healthy test.

Of the two hearts below, which would you rather have?

Damaged Heart

 

 

 

Bones, Muscles and Joints

This can cause major health issues.  If our bones are weak, they break easy and mend slow.  If our muscles and joints hurt, how in the heck are we going to bend down and go about our daily lives?  I have noticed lately it hurts to raise my arms above my head and I have a difficult time lifting heavy objects.  Calcium, Potassium and Chelated Magnesium helps.  

Chelated Magnesium helps with –

  • Helps Increase Energy. …
  • Calms Nerves and Anxiety. …
  • Treats Insomnia and Helps You Fall Asleep. …
  • Helps with Digestion by Relieving Constipation. …
  • Relieves Muscle Aches and Spasms. …
  • Regulates Levels of Calcium, Potassium and Sodium. …
  • Important for Heart Health. …
  • Prevents Migraine Headaches.

Potassium helps with –

  • It helps to lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of salt. 
  • Your kidneys help to control your blood pressure by controlling the amount of fluid stored in your body.
  • The more fluid, the higher your blood pressure.

Calcium helps with –

  • Although most forms of supplemental calcium are acceptable, calcium citrate appears to be better absorbed, especially in older adults. 
  • Vitamin D plays a pivotal role in nutrition by facilitating absorption of calcium, thereby helping to support healthy and strong bones.

Our Digestive System

Since I developed Gastroparesis, I know that my digestive tract has slowed down and I have difficulty swallowing. I have developed a severe form of gastritis (which inflames my esophagus) and I have lost elasticity which makes swallowing more difficult.  The flow of secretions that help digest food in the stomach, liver, pancreas and small intestine may also be reduced, but for me it’s an issue.

Kidney and Urinary Tract Issues

Ugh….

Our kidneys may become less efficient in removing waste from the bloodstream because they get smaller and  lose cells as we age. Chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure can cause even more damage to kidneys.  I can attest to this because this is what ultimately led to my father’s death.  I bought a blood pressure monitor and take my blood pressure on a weekly basis.

Urinary incontinence may occur because of certain health conditions. For women, changes in hormone levels and in men an enlarged prostate may lead to urinary incontinence.  I have noticed more trips to the bathroom lately (is that TMI??)

Brain and Nervous System

This last system is important.  Brain loss can occur because A) the arteries in our brain can harden; and B) our arteries are not receiving oxygen or good blood flow.  Our reflexes become slow and we are more likely to become distracted.  I admit there are days when I can’t concentrate.  I have three dogs and there are days I can’t remember who is who.

My to do list:

  1. Lose weight;
  2. Eat healthy;
  3. Explore activities outside of my comfort zone;
  4. Get a checkup;
  5. Exercise more;

Live Healthy, LA65’ers!

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