Healthy Aging Month is all about making you aware of the things you can do to live a long, healthy and active life. In fact, September has been recognized as “Healthy Aging Month” for more than 30 years.
The importance of Healthy Aging Month grows each year because the number of people over 45 also increases annually. The attention used to be just on the Baby Boomers, but now people who are considered to be Generation X (born between 1965-1979) are working their way into the group. And they, too, want to stay active and vibrant as long as possible.
But healthy aging includes more than just one’s physical wellness; it also encompasses a healthy mental, social, and financial state. Let’s take a look at some things you can start doing today to age healthier.
1. Start moving
Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body and brain.
2. Stay social
Take a class, volunteer, play games, see old friends, and make new ones.
3. Change your diet
Try a Mediterranean-style diet that’s packed with fruits, vegetables, and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health.
5. Stay balanced
6. Take a hike
The cooler September weather is perfect for taking a hike or brisk daily walks to strengthen your heart and lungs.
7. Sleep better
Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night.
8. Beat The Blues
If you’ve been down for a while, see a doctor. Depression can be treated.
9. Memory aids
To aid your memory, make lists, follow routines, slow down, and organize.
Thanks to advances in science and technology over the last 100 years, many can expect to live well into their 80s and beyond. Healthy Aging Month provides an opportunity to learn more about the importance of healthy aging so you can ensure that your later years are not just more numerous but lived in good health.
You can start by talking to your doctor about some of the things on your list. Find out if you’re healthy enough to start an exercise program right away and about some changes to your diet that you can make.
And remember that we’re taking a number of precautionary measures in all of our office buildings to ensure you’re walking into a facility that is safe. But if you’re still unsure about an in-person visit, you can set up a telehealth appointment.
If you’d like to stay ahead of your health, another good way to do it is by getting regular health screenings. We have a checklist to help you keep track. The “Midlife Health Screenings” guide can let you know what tests you need and when you need them.