This four-part series of aging gracefully ties into our recent print article, Aging Gracefully …At Every Stage of Life. Click the link to read the full article and gain more insight about aging gracefully through your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and beyond.
This article will dive further into aging gracefully throughout your 50s, and the self-care practices you should adopt to do so.
If you’ve stayed active until this point in your life, it will be much easier to maintain an exercise and diet regimen. If you haven’t, it’s never too late to start! Focusing on balance and strength exercises during this time period will help maintain bone, muscle, and joint strength. Proper hydration can help with this as well.
Maintain your doctor’s appointments throughout your 50s to screen for cancers, high blood pressure, and diabetes. You’ll also want to pay closer attention to your hearing and eyesight throughout this decade as the senses weaken.
By this point in your life, your teeth may begin showing signs of age. Tooth whitening, veneers, and crowns are all procedures that you can consider to keep a youthful smile. Of course, continue to brush, floss, and see the dentist regularly.
Women may need extra care throughout this time period as they go through menopause, so many women may find themselves needing assistance from a therapist or psychiatrist. Sleep often becomes more difficult for adults in their 50s, so supplementing with melatonin may be beneficial. If sleep is a persistent issue, consider seeing a professional at Addison Internal Medicine to assist. Maintaining relationships and hobbies is an important part of caring for your mental health as well.
Skin and Hair Care
By your 50s, skin is typically showing heavier signs of age. Seeing a dermatologist as sunspots develop is important so you can catch skin cancer early. Aside from retinol, vitamin C, and anti-aging serums, chemical peels and microdermabrasion are useful in maintaining youth in your skin. Dark spot treatments are also common for people in their 50s. Many people also choose to get botox or wrinkle fillers on their face and neck. Men during this time may want to consider hair systems to replace receding hair, as well as hair thinning treatments and dying grey hairs for both men and women.