16 Things You Probably Shouldn’t Attempt Past 75

No matter how much we say, age is just a number, the sad reality is that number influences many of our life choices. You could be the soul of the parties in your forties but can’t expect to do the same at 75.

Here, we have listed some habits that should be abandoned after the age of 75. These lifestyle choices are either health-related or finance-related. Hence, read them all to avoid any mistakes.

Skipping Meals

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As we age, our bodies become less efficient at absorbing nutrients. Skipping meals can lead to vitamin D and mineral deficiencies, which are crucial for bone health. This can weaken your bones and increase your risk of fractures. Aim for three regular meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.

Too Much Salt

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As we age, our kidneys become less effective at filtering sodium. A salty diet can raise blood pressure. It strains your heart and increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Limit processed foods, restaurant meals, and added salt at home. Opt for fresh ingredients and herbs to add flavor instead.

Excessive Alcohol Consumption

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Even moderate drinking can become riskier with age. Alcohol interferes with sleep, which is already more delicate for older adults. It can also interact with medications and increase the risk of falls. It’s best to limit alcohol intake or avoid it altogether. Talk to your doctor about a safe amount for you.

Certain Medications Over-the-Counter

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Some over-the-counter pain relievers and sleep aids can have stronger effects on older adults. They may cause dizziness, confusion and increase the risk of falls. Consult your doctor before taking any new medication, even over-the-counter ones. They can recommend safer alternatives.

Social Isolation

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Staying socially connected is important for mental and physical well-being at any age, but even more after 75. Social isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, and  a decline in cognitive function. Make an effort to stay connected with friends and family. Join a club, volunteer, or participate in activities you enjoy to stay engaged and social.

Smoking

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This might seem obvious, but even small amounts of smoking can be very damaging after 75. Smoking weakens your lungs and heart, increasing the risk of respiratory problems, heart disease, and cancer. It can also slow wound healing and weaken your immune system. This can make you more susceptible to infections. Quitting smoking at any age is beneficial, but after 75,its a necessity.

Unbalanced Diet

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A diet lacking in essential nutrients can wreak havoc on your body after 75. Focus on getting enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Include lean protein sources like fish, chicken, or beans. These are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They are important for maintaining digestion, healthy bones, and a strong immune system.

Inactivity

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Regular physical activity is key to maintaining good health after 75. Exercise strengthens muscles and improves balance/coordination, which can help prevent falls. It can also boost your mood, energy levels, and cognitive function. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week. Even gentle activities like walking, swimming, or yoga can make a big difference.

Ignoring Warning Signs

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As we age, being more attuned to our bodies’ signals is important. Don’t ignore persistent pain, changes in bowel or bladder habits, sudden weakness, or unexplained weight loss. These could be early signs of a health problem. Talk to your doctor about any concerning symptoms, no matter how minor they may seem. Early detection and treatment can significantly improve outcomes.

Financial Insecurity

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Financial worries can be a major stressor at any age, but for those over 75, it can impact health. Stress can weaken your immune system, increase blood pressure, and contribute to anxiety and depression. Explore ways to manage your finances and plan for the future. Talk to a financial advisor if needed. Reducing financial stress can contribute to overall well-being.

Dehydration

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As we age, our thirst sensation can become less acute. This can lead to dehydration, which can be especially dangerous for older adults. Dehydration can cause confusion, dizziness, fatigue, and even worsen urinary tract infections.

Make a conscious effort to sip water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Aim for eight glasses of water daily, and adjust based on your climate and activity level.

Unsafe Sun Exposure

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Spending too much time in the sun without protection increases the risk of skin cancer at any age. Still, it’s a particular concern after 75. The skin becomes thinner and more susceptible to damage with age.

Protect yourself by seeking shade during peak sun hours (10 am to 4 pm). Wear sun-protective clothing with a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) of 50+. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to exposed skin.

Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more often if sweating or swimming.

Poor Sleep Hygiene

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Sleep becomes more fragmented as we age, so after 75, sleep hygiene practices are essential. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, go to sleep, and wake up at consistent times each day, even on weekends. Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet. Limit screen time before sleep, as the blue light emitted can disrupt sleep patterns. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as it can keep you awake for some time.

Foot Neglect

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Our feet take a beating throughout our lives, and as we age, it’s even more important to take care of them. Poor foot care can lead to problems like corns, bunions, ingrown toenails, and even infections. Inspect your feet daily for any cuts, blisters, or changes in skin color.

Wear properly fitting shoes with good support. Wash and dry your feet daily, paying special attention between the toes. If you have any concerns about your feet, consult a podiatrist.

Not Getting Regular Checkups

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Regular doctor visits are crucial for preventive health care, especially after 75. Schedule annual checkups, screen for potential problems, and update your vaccinations. Don’t hesitate to make additional appointments if you experience any symptoms. Early detection and treatment of health issues can improve your well-being.

DIY Medical Care

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While self-care is important, that should not mean neglecting professional medical advice. After 75, it’s best to avoid treating yourself based on what worked for you previously. These might not be accurate or appropriate for your specific situation. See your doctor for any health concerns, big or small. They can diagnose properly, recommend the best treatment, and monitor your progress. Remember, early intervention is key for managing chronic conditions and maintaining good health.

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