You might not like thinking about aging, but the reality is that we all age whether we think about it or not. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to stay active, healthy, and alert as you age. You might get older each year, but you can continue doing the things you love for years to come, without feeling old.
Be Proactive with Your Health
When you retire, you enter a new period of life, full of independence and possibilities, and lots of time to do the things you love. The key to maintaining your health is to be proactive with any health issues. Don’t get discouraged if you have to visit the doctor more often than when you were in your 20s. Among seniors, it’s easy to let health issues slide, or think it’s just a normal part of aging. Living with health issues isn’t normal, so seek treatment for any ailments you may have.
You go every year to the dentist for a cleaning, and get regular vision checks, and it should be no different with other health concerns. Be sure to visit your doctor for regular checkups, and do everything you can to maintain your overall health. This will give you increased independence, and a high quality of life.
Treating Hearing Loss to Stay Independent
When you have diabetes, you’d never choose to live without treatment for several years. Or if you fall and break your hip, you don’t avoid going to physiotherapy, but do everything you can to get walking again. Your hearing should be the same way. Whether you notice the first signs of hearing loss, or a loved one tells you you’re not hearing as well as you used to, take it very seriously, and book a hearing test as soon as possible. Many people wait up to 10 years before seeking treatment for their hearing loss, and in that time they experience an extreme reduction in their quality of life, and a loss of independence.
Early treatment of your hearing loss will help you avoid any of the negative health outcomes that accompany untreated hearing loss, such as decreased mobility, rapid cognitive decline, broken relationships, and dementia.
How Clear Hearing Keeps You Active and Young
Hearing aids are a very simple solution to hearing loss, and they’ll keep you active and young. Staying independent is all about staying active, both with your body and your mind. As you age, maintain your mobility through simple daily exercises, and get out of the house for a walk around the neighborhood a few times a week. You can even do some basic chair exercises on days you don’t feel like doing a lot of physical activity. Even these small exercises will protect your muscle tone, and keep your body in tip top shape.
Hearing aids help you stay physically active by giving you the confidence to go out more, since you’ll be able to hear all the sounds around you, identify where sounds are coming from, and feel safer. Treating hearing loss also helps with balance, and those who treat their hearing loss have fewer trips, slips, falls, and accidents than those living with hearing loss.
How Treating Hearing Loss Keeps Your Mind Sharp
When your body is healthy, your mind can be too. Hearing aids help keep your brain active. If you’re living with untreated hearing loss, you’ve probably noticed that your relationships are suffering. You’re not able to communicate as well as you used to, and you find yourself avoiding social situations. You don’t meet your friends for Saturday morning coffee, or have a spirited discussion with your spouse.
When you treat your hearing loss you keep your mind active, engage with family and friends, and stay independent. You’ll experience slower cognitive decline, be able to learn new skills, and reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
My Hearing Centers
Are you ready to stay independent and treat your hearing loss? Visit us today at My Hearing Centers to explore your hearing aid options, and discover our sleek, sophisticated devices. These devices are so tiny that no one will notice them, or think they age you. The only thing people will notice is how active and healthy you are, and they may even ask you what the secret is to staying so young.