Healthy aging is an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. According to creator and director of Healthy Aging®, Carolyn Worthington, it is about providing inspiration and practical ideas for adults, ages 45-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.
The National Institute on Aging at NIH promotes Go4Life Month, with its theme being Get Motivated! Get Moving! Go4Life! , working to emphasize the importance of regular physical activity as a key component of healthy aging.
Staying fit as we age sets us up for independent living as we continue to grow older. Being physically active is the simplest way to keep doing what you enjoy doing. Do you want to play with the grandkids, swing that golf club or keep on dancing, regular exercise is the key, say researchers.
NIH suggests that older adults include four types of exercise including endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. For more tips and suggestions, check out this video:
Healthy aging involves good habits like eating healthy, avoiding common medication mistakes, managing health conditions, getting recommended screenings and being active.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that adopting such healthy habits and behaviors, staying involved in your community, using preventive services, managing health conditions and understanding all your medications can contribute to a productive and meaningful life.
Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there’s no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. For a wealth of resources on each of these topics, visit these sites complied by the HHS:
- – Staying Active
- – Staying Connected to Your Community
- – Nutrition for Older Adults
- – Locating Benefits and Finding Care
- – Understanding Mental Health
- – Brain Health
- – Learn about Diseases, Conditions & Injuries
- – Managing Medication and Treatment
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