Healthy Aging Tips

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September is Healthy Aging Month!

Our team at Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery is committed to helping patients maintain their strength, balance and bone health at all stages of life. As with most health concerns, prevention is the key.
While chronic pain, frailty and functional limitations are trademarks of age, there are things you can do. Research shows that improving your strength and mobility is possible well into your later years in life.

Take a look at our helpful tips to ensure you age healthily – it’s never too early to begin taking steps to ensure your bone and joint health!

Healthy Aging Month Tips From Our Team:

Strength & Flexibility

Age affects how our bones move. Did you know that our joints can lose up to 50 percent of their motion as we grow older? Injuries such as falls also increase as mobility becomes an issue. This is why strength and flexibility exercises are important and benefit your bone health. Try adding regular stretching to your routine to help keep your joints and muscles healthy and flexible. Learn more from our team here.

Staying Active

Staying active will greatly benefit you as you age, helping to keep you mobile in the years ahead. While we continue to lose muscle and bone mass with age, exercise has the to ability to slow down that process and increase agility. Even getting in regular low-impact exercise, like walking, can help. Take a look at how you can stay active to better your bone health and mobility here.
Arthritis is a common problem that comes with age, making the thought of exercise unpleasant at times. In actuality, exercise can help you with your symptoms. Our team explains how to stay active if you’re living with arthritis here.

Bone-Healthy Diet

Are you getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet? These nutrients, as well as several other, are crucial. Calcium, which is an important building block of bone tissue, is not made in our bodies, so we have to get calcium from the foods we eat. Because our bodies need help absorbing the calcium from the foods we eat, we must get plenty of vitamin D. Not sure which foods are rich in calcium and vitamin D? We took the guess work out for you- check out our grocery shopping staples.

Fall Prevention

Falls are a leading cause of injury in adults older than 65 years of age, and strength and balance plays a big role. By exercising regularly, strengthening your bones and joints, getting adequate calcium and vitamin D, and fall-proofing your home, you can decrease your risk. Check out the guidelines for fall prevention here.

Osteoporosis Prevention & Detection

What are you doing to prevent osteoporosis? One in two women and one in four men older than 50 years will break a bone because of osteoporosis. It is important to learn about osteoporosis early, take preventive measures, and monitor your bone density as you age. Learn about prevention and detection steps to take here.

Resources on Healthy Aging:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) – Healthy Bones at Every Age

AAOS – Effects of Aging

AAOS – Exercise and Bone Health

Move Forward PT – 9 Physical Therapist Tips to Help You Age Well