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3 Ways To Live Longer and Healthier

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - March 11, 2012

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People are living longer and happier than ever before, thanks to medical advancements and a greater quality of life. However, the real trick to worthwhile longevity is found within oneself – a motivation to eat right, exercise and utilize other tips and tricks to stay on top of our game during the golden years. Due to the extended life span of many, there is expected to be an estimated 78 million baby boomers living and thriving by the year 2030 (ParentGiving.com, 10 Essential Health Tips for Seniors).

Today's litany of senior citizens have lived quite the life, with many experiencing such life-changing events as the civil rights movement and beyond. They have much to teach our younger generations, and preserving a strong quality of life benefits everyone from spouses to great-grandchildren. The most important thing you can do to preserve your health is to quit smoking. In fact, many doctors agree that kicking the cigarette habit can greatly increase your life expectancy and also make you healthier overall. Smoking does not only contribute to heart and lung disease, but also socially embarrassing situations like erectile dysfunction or a great amount of unsightly skin wrinkling.

Fortunately, more resources are available than ever before to help you quit, so consider speaking to your doctor as soon as possible if you are still a smoker. Whenever possible, prevent falls and other common accidents that occur in the home. Wearing comfortable walking shoes can greatly reduce your risk of a tumble, as people who are barefoot tend to trip more easily. Remove any loose rugs or other floor hazards like cords or stacks of magazines to prevent a falling injury. Falling can cause bone fractures and damage to various internal organs in severe cases. Not only will you take much longer to heal when you are injured as a senior, but you also will be at risk for depression, bed sores and more side effects that can reduce both the quality and length of your life.

Finally, maintain every aspect of your health, including not only regular checkups with your doctor, but routinely paying visits to the dentist, eye doctor and any other medical professional you are in need of. Having regular appointments will keep your health in check and could potentially catch a devastating illness or condition earlier, which could mean less drastic treatment options. Just like a well-maintained car, we need to take vgood care of our physical vehicle to go the extra mile. In return, we will not only feel better physically but also emotionally and spiritually as well.

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