“Age is just a number.” Depending on how well you take care of yourself, you can be 80 years old and feel like you’re 50, or you may be 50 years old and feel like you are 80.
September is Healthy Aging Month and a wonderful time to reflect on your lifestyle and how you can make improvements for the future.
- Exercise your Mind.
Stay active at work and continue striving learning new things. If you are retired, get involved in volunteering, community service, or play bridge-anything to challenge different parts of your brain. The more you read, problem solve, do puzzles, play games, and keep yourself thinking, the healthier your mind will be.
- Surround yourself with Positive People.
The company you keep is important. Your physical and mental health will take a toll if you are surrounded by those with a negative attitude or are depressed. Socialize with people who make you laugh and brighten your day. This way you will stay in better spirits, build lasting connections and avoid isolation as you get older.
- Keep Moving.
Exercise is important at every age. By continuing to strengthen your muscles and joints, you can improve your balance and flexibility which reduces your risk of falls or injury. It also helps alleviate pain. Join a fitness class, take up yoga, swim, or go on brisk walks through the neighborhood. Keeping your body in good physical health can help you to look and feel younger. Go to the local YMCA to find classes especially designed for seniors.
- Maintain a healthy diet.
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean your diet should take a back seat. As you age, your metabolism slows down and your body may have varied nutritional needs. By eating a well-balanced diet, your doctor can help you ensure you’re eating right for your health. The Mediterranean diet has recently been studied and was found to help your memory as you age.
- Pay attention to body.
Paying attention to various symptoms and what your body is telling you paramount in staying healthy. Early detection can help resolve or minimize the impact of many health conditions. Managing chronic health conditions will reduce the risk further complications. Call your doctor if you feel as though something is not right.
- Keep Saving.
Don’t forget about your financial health as well. Budgeting, investing, and saving can help you feel more secure in your financial future and give you the ability to live more comfortably in retirement. If you are retired, stay within your budget so that you have extra money for an emergency or just-in-case. Talk to a financial advisor about your options and make sure you’re managing your money wisely.
Healthy aging can have a positive impact on your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Taking the time to figure out how you can best improve your lifestyle to support a healthier future is critical to aging more gracefully.
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