Celebrate Healthy Aging Month With These 7 Tips

Just over 26 years ago Healthy Aging Month was founded to bring awareness to an issue that should be crucial to all of us- a healthy active lifestyle. Healthy Aging Month was established as a promotional effort to bring national attention to the importance of healthy aging through educational or annual events.  Aging is a special and rewarding time, so take time to enjoy the process.

To enjoy a health lifestyle, it is crucial to take care of our minds and bodies along the way.  If you don't have a road map, our significant seven tips will help you age successfully.

  • Exercise-if you don't use it, you will lose it! Crafting time each day to do a little exercise will help you stay healthy and mentally sharp. If you want to have more energy and add years to your life, find a way to fit an exercise plan in your day. A workout routine at the gym or going out for a brisk walk around the block is a great way to start your day. No matter your age, there is always a plan that can be tailored just for you. If you want to add a little spice to your routine, you may want to consider yoga or dancing. If you are having trouble with your balance, you may consider Tai Chi.  The experts say exercise can help you control your weight, improve your mood, provide more energy, and combat health conditions and disease.

  • Volunteer-being a volunteer for a special cause provides many physical and mental benefits. According to a WebMD article, Stephen G. Post, PhD said, “Recent studies show people who volunteer regularly have healthier hearts, less ongoing pain, and bolstered immune systems. They live longer, can battle addiction better and they are less likely to get dementia as they age.  We believe something is going on in the brain when it comes to helping others. Not only does it make people feel happy, they also report better health.

  • Social Activities-it is important to stay involved and stay engaged. Kaiser Permanente reports, social contacts can make a big difference in how you feel and how you cope with problems. Seniors with strong social networks are happier and live healthier lifestyles. Keeping in touch with old friends and family is important, and making new friends is equally rewarding.

  • Positive attitudes-a positive attitude goes a long way in helping the aging process. A study in Psychology Today reports positive attitudes about aging may be the fountain of youth. This summary proves our thinking can help you stay healthy. A key finding in the study showed older adults with negative attitudes had slower walking speed and cognitive abilities two years later compared to those with positive attitudes about aging. It is important to keep a positive inner dialogue going to help you remain mentally and physically strong.

  • Nutrition-choosing healthy foods and getting the proper nutrition are crucial to healthy aging. WebMD recommends eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins, whole grains, and some low fat dairy.  Keep your salt intake low and drink 8 glasses of water per day.

  • Creative- Art therapy is a creative way to help improve memory loss and prevent mental stress. Chicago's Methodist Senior Services said art therapy can have a positive impact on your mood and can improve self expression. 

  • Travel-is good for your health. Just a short trip down the road can provide added benefits to your mental health.  According to Psychcentral, people are their happiest when they travel and happiness is even boosted before you travel.  Taking time to travel enhances creativity, reduces stress and can improve your personality.
  • Sleep/rest-getting the proper sleep improves your quality of life. According to Medicare.gov, senior citizens need 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.  Without the proper sleep, you are at risk for falls and fractures, decreased cognitive function, poor physical function and even mortality.

With all of September being Healthy Aging Month, you have 30 days to celebrate. Take time to implement your plan and celebrate your positive lifestyle.


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