As many women age, they spend money on covering gray hair, anti-aging creams, pricey clothes and even plastic surgery in an effort to preserve their youthfulness. These expenditures may do wonders in the short term, but they'll do little for keeping the body healthy.
Getting older can be a total drag, according to Huffington Post senior writer Ann Brenoff. The journalist wrote on the news source's blog about her bunions, varicose veins and fears about aging.
"Aging is a b***h who, in the end, wins – no matter how hard you fight back. Think about it: Have you ever seen a 75-year-old woman with a facelift who didn't look like a 75-year-old woman with a facelift?" Brenhoff wrote.
Fears of aging aren't just about vanity
Later in her post, Brenhoff cops to her real fears about getting older – deteriorating health. No matter how much makeup, injections or trendy clothes a woman invests in, the fact is that underneath it all, aging will still take a toll on the body.
However, a healthy lifestyle and regular medical checkups can go a long way in preserving physical and mental well-being. Of course, it helps to start these things young, but even ladies in their 50s, 60s and beyond can significantly improve their chances of having active, disease-free golden years by taking care of a few problems.
A focus on health is integral to healthy aging
In an article on the blog ThirdAge.com, registered nurse Barbara Bronson Gray wrote that seniors – or soon-to-be seniors – should be mindful of their long-term health.
"If you want to live a healthy, long life, you can't be a day trader. Issues like weight, exercise, diet, nutrition and stress management don't offer big premiums on a day-by-day basis," Gray wrote.
She's right, as something as basic as maintaining a healthy body weight can not only keep the heart healthy, but reduce the risk of developing foot pain or back problems, which may impede a person's mobility in old age. In fact, foot health is an oft-overlooked issue for some people, but considering the importance of retaining the ability to move around, it's nothing to be neglected.