There seems to be no limit to what older adults are doing today, with the most recent example being former Star Trek actor William Shatner going into outer space this week at the age of 90 -becoming the oldest person ever to do so.
Despite his appearing to be a little stiff and sore after traveling 65.8 miles above the earth at 2,235 miles per hour, Shatner was physically fine and more emotionally humbled by the experience. It was one he says he will never forget.
In talking about his stamina and energy, the nonagenarian credits good genes and staying active for his agelessness and is quite active as a horse rider.
He explained: ‘Here’s an interesting answer! I’m glad I didn’t know because what you know at 90 is: take it easy, nothing matters in the end, what goes up must come down.’
For the rest of us here on earth, here are six tips for seniors that are important to stay healthy according to an article in Healthline.
Physical activity is an immune system booster. The more you move, the more your body is able to fight inflammation and infections. The activity you partake in doesn’t have to be strenuous. Low impact exercises are effective, too. Modify your exercise routine to find what feels best for you.
Take supplements as necessary
Some supplements help support a healthy immune system. Before taking a supplement, always ask your doctor if it’s safe, especially if you’re taking a prescription medication. Some supplements they may recommend include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B6, or vitamin B12.
Take supplements or multivitamins as instructed to boost your immune system.
Eat a healthy diet
Diets rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean meats also give your immune system a boost and protect against harmful viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your cells from damage and keep your body healthy.
You should also limit your consumption of sugary and fatty foods, which can trigger inflammation in the body and lower your immune system.
Wash your hands frequently
Washing your hands on a regular basis is another excellent way to stay healthy year-round. Viruses can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours. It’s possible to become ill if you touch a virus-covered surface and contaminate your hands, and then touch your face.
Wash your hands with warm soapy water often, and for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your nose, face, and mouth with your hands.
You can also protect yourself by using antibacterial hand sanitizer when you’re unable to wash your hands. Also, disinfect surfaces around your home and workstation frequently.
Learn how to manage stress
Chronic stress increases your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol can disrupt different functions in your body, including your immune system.
To reduce stress, increase physical activity, get plenty of sleep, set reasonable expectations for yourself, and explore relaxing, enjoyable activities.
Get plenty of rest
Not only can sleep reduce your stress level, but sleep is how your body repairs itself. For this reason, getting an adequate amount of sleep can result in a stronger immune system, making it easier for your body to fight off viruses.
Sleep is also important as you get older because it can improve memory and concentration. Aim for at least seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night.
If you have trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor to find the underlying cause. Causes of insomnia can include inactivity during the day and too much caffeine. Or it can be a sign of a medical condition like sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome.