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Healthy Aging Strategies

by | Sep 14, 2022

Happy Sunday To All!

First, here’s a little Sunday bonus…due to the lower cost to us of the new Metabolic Enhancement Packs, we are passing the savings along to you by reducing the cost of a formal Restart from $599 to $399! If you are one who may need this jump start, take advantage of the savings.

Today’s post will focus on healthy aging…although of much of this content may seem like it may be for seniors, it is really apropos for most adults, as we all age at different paces, and the earlier we begin to optimize the aging process, the greater likelihood we have of maintaining a long “healthspan” – or healthy, functional years, rather than just years. This is more general guidance than usual, but goes a long way to putting healthy aging advice in a nutshell:

  1. Regular Exercise

Getting regular physical activity is crucial as an older adult when it comes to healthy aging, as it can delay or even prevent many health issues that inevitably accompany the aging process. It can also help muscles grow stronger, which will allow you to continue your day-to-day activities without needing help from others well into your older years.

THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS THAT REGULAR EXERCISE CAN PROVIDE WHILE YOU AGE BESIDES PREVENTING DISEASE, SUCH AS IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH DUE TO ENDORPHIN PRODUCTION, DECREASING RISK OF FALLS, IMPROVING COGNITIVE FUNCTION, AND EVEN INCREASING SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT IF DONE IN A GROUP SETTING. THE CDC RECOMMENDS INCORPORATING AEROBIC ACTIVITIES, MUSCLE STRENGTHENING ACTIVITIES, AND BALANCE ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO EXPERIENCE THE MOST HEALTH BENEFITS.
HOWEVER, FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE NOT ALREADY GETTING THE PROPER AMOUNT OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, IT MAY BE HARD FOR YOU TO ADJUST. YOU CAN HELP FIT IN YOUR REQUIRED EXERCISE AND RECEIVE THOSE BENEFITS THROUGH A WELLNESS PLAN WHERE YOU CAN EASILY FOLLOW YOUR GUIDANCE AND ACHIEVE THEIR EXERCISE GOALS. FORTUNATELY, CFL HAS 60+ CUSTOMIZABLE WELLNESS PLAN TEMPLATES READY FOR YOU TO USE TO HELP YOU GET YOUR NEEDED AMOUNT OF EXERCISE. FROM BEGINNER PROGRAMS LIKE STRETCHING TO MORE ADVANCED RESISTANCE TRAINING, CFL CAN GIVE YOU THE TOOLS TO PUT YOURSELF ON A PLAN THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU.
2. HEALTHY DIET
ALONG WITH REGULAR EXERCISE, FOLLOWING A HEALTHY, NUTRITIOUS DIET CAN BE VERY IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH AS YOU AGE. IT CAN PREVENT A VARIETY OF HEALTH PROBLEMS SUCH AS DIABETES, STROKE, HEART DISEASE, AND OBESITY AS WELL AS KEEPING THEM FROM GETTING WORSE IF THEY ARE ALREADY PRESENT.
A DIET THAT INCLUDES A HEALTHY BALANCE OF CARBOHYDRATES, PROTEINS, FATS, VITAMINS, AND MINERALS WILL HELP YOU TO FUNCTION PROPERLY. YOU SHOULD BE REGULARLY CONSUMING FRUITS, VEGETABLES, WHOLE GRAINS, PROTEIN, LOW-FAT DAIRY, HEALTHY OILS, AND WATER WHILE LIMITING THEIR CONSUMPTION OF ADDED SUGARS, TRANS FATS, SATURATED FATS, AND SODIUM.
PATIENTS MAY NOT BE COMPLETELY SURE WHERE TO START WHEN IT COMES TO FOLLOWING A HEALTHY DIET IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES. THIS IS WHERE WE COME IN. CFL CAN HELP MAKE THE PROCESS OF ADJUSTING TO A NEW DIET MUCH EASIER FOR YOU BY PROVIDING AN EASY-TO-FOLLOW DIET PLAN WITH DAILY TIPS AND TASKS FOR THEM TO FOLLOW. THERE ARE MANY POPULAR DIET PLANS TO CHOOSE FROM THAT MAY HELP PATIENTS WITH DIFFERENT NEEDS, DEPENDING UPON THE STAGE OF THE PROGRAM YOU ARE AT. OUR GUIDANCE IS ESSENTIAL SO THAT PATIENTS FOLLOW A PLAN THAT SUITS THEIR INDIVIDUALIZED AND PERSONALIZED NEEDS.
3. PROPER SLEEP
NO MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE, GETTING PROPER SLEEP IS CRUCIAL WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL AGING. WHEN WE’RE SLEEPING, OUR BODIES AND MINDS ARE RESTING AND REJUVENATING, AND GOOD QUALITY SLEEP IS A GREAT INDICATOR OF OVERALL HEALTH AND WELLBEING, ESPECIALLY FOR OLDER ADULTS. AFTER ALL, WE SPEND AROUND 1/3 OF OUR LIVES SLEEPING, SO IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE IT GOOD QUALITY.
THE NATIONAL SLEEP FOUNDATION SAYS THAT THOSE OVER AGE 65 SHOULD GET AT LEAST 7-8 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT, SINCE GETTING THE REST YOU NEED CAN HELP YOU STAY BOTH PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY WELL AS YOU AGE. GETTING THE PROPER AMOUNT OF QUALITY SLEEP CAN PROVIDE MANY BENEFITS FOR PATIENTS, SUCH AS CLEARING HARMFUL TOXINS FROM THE BRAIN, IMPROVING CONCENTRATION AND MEMORY, SUPPORTING METABOLISM, LOWERING RISK OF DISEASES, AND BOOSTING MOOD.
IN ORDER TO HELP YOU GET THE QUALITY SLEEP YOU NEED FOR HEALTHY AGING, YOU CAN DEVELOP YOUR OWN SET OF HEALTHY SLEEP HABITS THAT WILL HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL OF PROPER SLEEP HYGIENE. DIFFERENT METHODS WORK FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE, AND FOLLOWING A SLEEP HYGIENE PROTOCOL WILL ALLOW YOU TO DISCOVER WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU.
4. TAKE CARE OF THE BRAIN
YOUR BRAIN IS GOING TO CHANGE AS YOU AGE; NORMAL BRAIN AGING INVOLVES SLOWER PROCESSING SPEEDS AND A BIT MORE TROUBLE WITH MULTITASKING, BUT MEMORY, SKILLS, AND KNOWLEDGE TEND TO REMAIN STABLE AND MIGHT EVEN IMPROVE WITH AGE. IT’S TYPICAL TO SOMETIMES FORGET RECENT EVENTS SUCH AS THE NAME OF THE PERSON THEY JUST MET OR WHERE THEY PUT YOUR GLASSES.
HOWEVER, ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ALONG WITH RELATED DEMENTIAS ARE NOT AN INEVITABLE ASPECT OF AGING. ACCORDING THE THE CDC, UP TO 40% OF DEMENTIA CASES MAY BE PREVENTED OR DELAYED, SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S NORMAL AND WHAT’S NOT WHEN IT COMES TO BRAIN HEALTH ALONG WITH TAKING MEASURES THAT WILL HELP MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN HEALTH.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO DISCUSS BRAIN HEALTH AND MAKE CHANGES IN YOUR LIFESTYLE THAT WILL HELP MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE YOUR BRAIN HEALTH. ONE WAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP YOURSELF TAKE CARE OF YOUR BRAIN IS TO USE THE MIND DIET PLAN AS A GUIDE THROUGH A PRACTICAL BRAIN-HEALTHY EATING PLAN THAT WILL HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF COGNITIVE DECLINE AND/OR DEMENTIA.
5. MINDFULNESS
MINDFULNESS IS CRUCIAL TO HEALTHY AGING BECAUSE IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE PRESENT MOMENT, YOU ARE LIKELY CAUGHT UP INSIDE OF YOUR OWN MINDS AND STRESSING ABOUT THE FUTURE OR REGRETTING THE PAST. WHEN YOU ARE CAUGHT UP LIKE THAT, THE STRESS HORMONE CORTISOL IS RELEASED. STRESS CAN BE CONNECTED TO ALMOST ALL DISEASES AND IS A SERIOUS CAUSE OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES.
WHEN YOU STRESS, IT CAN TRIGGER EMOTIONS SUCH AS FEAR AND ANXIETY. WHEN YOU REGRET, IT TRIGGERS EMOTIONS SUCH AS SADNESS, ANGER, DEPRESSION, FRUSTRATION, GUILT, AND SHAME. THE BIGGEST ISSUE IS THAT YOU CAN’T GO BACK TO THE PAST, AND THE FUTURE HASN’T BEEN CREATED YET. BY SPENDING TIME IN YOUR MIND THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE AND/OR THE PAST, YOU WILL CAUSE YOURSELF TO AGE FASTER. NUMEROUS STUDIES HAVE FOUND A LINK BETWEEN CHRONIC STRESS AND ACCELERATED AGING, SO IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU PRACTICE MINDFULNESS IN ORDER TO AVOID STRESS.
YOU CAN HELP PRACTICE MINDFULNESS AND CREATE YOUR OWN PEACE (RATHER THAN CREATE YOUR OWN STRESS) BY USING PRACTICAL MINDFULNESS AND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE TOOLS TO MANAGE STRESS AND TO BECOME MORE CLEAR, CALM, CENTERED, AND BALANCED. ONE OF THESE TOOLS YOU CAN USE IS THE 21 DAYS OF MINDFULNESS PLAN AS A GUIDE TO YOUR MINDFULNESS JOURNEY.
6. STAYING POSITIVE
WHETHER IT’S THROUGHOUT CONVERSATIONS OR EVERYDAY ACTIONS, YOU SHOULD BE WORKING TO REMAIN POSITIVE IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE. STAYING POSITIVE DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN COMPLETELY DISREGARDING THE NOT SO PLEASANT THINGS IN LIFE; IT JUST MEANS APPROACHING ANY NEGATIVE SITUATIONS IN A MORE POSITIVE WAY.
IF YOU TYPICALLY HAVE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS RUNNING THROUGH THEIR HEAD, IT MIGHT BE A STRUGGLE TO CHANGE YOUR WAY OF THINKING AT FIRST. THE PATH TO POSITIVE THINKING OFTEN STARTS WITH SELF-TALK, WHICH IS THE FLOW OF UNSPOKEN THOUGHTS THAT RUN THROUGH THE HEAD, SO THIS IS WHAT WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO IMPROVE. SOME SELF-TALK COMES FROM LOGIC AND REASON, WHILE OTHERS MAY COME FROM CREATED MISCONCEPTIONS.
BY LEARNING TO CONTROL YOUR SELF-TALK AND THINK POSITIVELY THROUGHOUT YOUR EVERYDAY LIVES, YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE MANY BENEFITS THAT POSITIVE THINKING MAY PROVIDE. HEALTH BENEFITS INCLUDE LOWER RATES OF DEPRESSION, DISTRESS, AND PAIN, GREATER RESISTANCE TO ILLNESSES, BETTER PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, BETTER CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH AND REDUCED RISK OF DEATH FROM CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND STROKE, AND MORE. RESEARCHERS ARE STILL EXPLORING THE EFFECTS OF POSITIVE THINKING AND OPTIMISM ON HEALTH.
7. AVOIDING NEGATIVE PEOPLE
ANOTHER BIG PART THAT WILL AFFECT THE ABILITY TO STAY POSITIVE IS DISTANCING YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVE PEOPLE. WHILE IT MAY SEEM HARSH TO DO, YOU SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM ANY OF THE NEGATIVE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE. IF YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY COMPLAIN AND TALK ABOUT HOW TERRIBLE EVERYTHING IS, YOUR MIND MAY START TO TAKE ON THOSE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE, ENERGETIC, AND HAPPY PEOPLE IN ORDER TO ENSURE YOUR OWN POSITIVITY AND WELLBEING. JUST AS YOU SHOULD BE REPLACING YOUR NEGATIVE SELF-TALK WITH POSITIVE SELF-TALK, YOU SHOULD REPLACE YOUR NEGATIVE SURROUNDINGS WITH POSITIVE SURROUNDINGS. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING THE BENEFITS THAT COME FROM POSITIVITY.
8. SOCIAL INTERACTION
ACCORDING TO THE CDC, LONELINESS AND SOCIAL ISOLATION IN OLDER ADULTS ARE SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH RISKS AFFECTING A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND PUTTING THEM AT RISK FOR DEMENTIA AND OTHER SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS. STRONG EVIDENCE HAS BEEN FOUND THAT MANY ADULTS AGED 50 AND OLDER ARE SOCIALLY ISOLATED OR LONELY IN WAYS THAT PUT THEIR HEALTH AT RISK.
SINCE THESE HEALTH RISKS DRASTICALLY INCREASE THE SPEED OF AGING, IT’S IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR LONELINESS, IF YOU’RE FEELING IT. THERE ARE MANY THINGS YOU CAN DO EITHER WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY OR BY YOURSELF WITH THE INTENT OF MEETING NEW PEOPLE. YOU CAN VOLUNTEER, TAKE A CLASS, GO TO THE GYM, OR CALL SOMEONE UP TO GO OUT FOR A MEAL OR ANY OTHER ACTIVITY. EVEN JUST GOING OUT BY ONESELF AND BEING AROUND PEOPLE CAN HELP FIGHT FEELINGS OF LONELINESS.
9. NEW HOBBIES
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. FINDING NEW HOBBIES TO ENJOY CAN OPEN PATIENTS UP TO MANY THINGS THEY DIDN’T KNOW THEY WANTED TO DO, AND PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL AND OTHER ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY CAN ALSO HELP SUPPORT HEALTHY AGING. IT CAN ALSO HELP YOU TO FIGHT ANY FEELINGS OF LONELINESS THAT YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING.
THERE ARE SEVERAL PLACES THAT YOU CAN LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY, DEPENDING ON YOUR INTERESTS AND ABILITY. YOU CAN TAKE A COOKING, ART, DANCE, LANGUAGE, OR COMPUTER CLASS, JOIN OR FORM A BOOK/FILM CLUB, LEARN TO PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, OR VISIT LOCAL MUSEUMS. THESE IDEAS ARE JUST A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YOU COULD GET INVOLVED IN. HAVING A DISCUSSION WITH YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS ABOUT WHAT YOU ENJOY MIGHT HELP YOU TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU.
10. SCHEDULING ANNUAL APPOINTMENTS

While these are all changes that you can make in order to help with healthy aging, it’s important that you also take the time to schedule your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. By checking up on your health, you get the opportunity to worry less about ailments for a while. And the less worries you have, the less likely you are to be affected by stress and other diseases which is greatly beneficial for your healthy aging journey…And of course, I and the staff of CFL keep daily watch over you to insure we keep a close eye on progress, and catch any deviations early to have the most positive outcomes.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or to obtain more information on any specific programs or clinical guidance to achieve the very best outcome for each of you!

Finally, as our practice is dependent upon the availability and ease of consistent communication between staff and patients, and we offer several avenues to accomplish this, I thought it best to provide a brief overview of these processes and which to utilize for the best experience:

  1. CFL App – this should be your primary means to communicate with the administrative staff, the health coaching staff, and directly with Dr. Kusher. Feel free to use any of these 3 at any time, directing admin, procedural, or billing issues to Admin Staff, program clinical questions to Coaches, and any clinical questions which require a higher level of professional guidance directly to Dr. Kusher (including any medical issues or advice). This is the quickest method to receive attention and response.
  2. Email– you may communicate via email to admin@compassfatloss.com, coaches@compassfatloss.com, or drkusher@compassfatloss.com.
  3. We also use a texting platform for operational, product or service updates, and occasional marketing messages; please avoid using this means for usual communications, as the above 2 routes will be much more efficient.

Now…please enjoy the balance of your final summer Sunday, and do what you can today to insure a long healthy life well into the future for each of my patients!

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