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How Can I Stay Healthy As I Get Older?

We all want to age as gracefully and healthfully as possible. However, as we age, certain medical conditions come into play, such as dementia and insomnia.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx 149th wants to share some insight about some common challenges related to aging and how you can overcome them.

Am I at Risk of Dementia?

In short, yes. Everyone is at risk of developing dementia. But there are certain factors that put you at an increased risk, including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, stroke, depression and cognitive impairment.

Fortunately, there are also healthy lifestyle habits you can undertake to lower your risk of developing dementia.

Ways to Prevent Dementia

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get plenty of exercise.
  • Follow a healthy diet.
  • Read.
  • Complete puzzles.
  • Try a new hobby.
  • Manage health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Does Aging Affect Sleep?

Another healthy lifestyle habit you need to cultivate? Getting plenty of quality sleep.

As we get older, we need slightly less sleep, but should still aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Insomnia becomes more common as we get older, but there are habits you can build to help you sleep better.

Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

  • Stick to a regular routine.
  • Take a warm bath in the evening.
  • Drink less fluids right before bed.
  • Unwind with a book or by listening to soft music.
  • Avoid afternoon naps.
  • Eliminate caffeine before bed.
Not sure whether the way you're feeling is a normal sign of aging or something more? Visit the AFC Urgent Care Bronx 149th team today for a medical evaluation.