September is Healthy Aging Month so we’d like to share some ways to help you feel your best. Healthy aging month is designed to help people 45 and over take charge; aging with the healthiest body possible (physical health), the brightest & healthiest mind (mental health), being socially active and financially healthy as you age.
Quality of Life is Important to Healthy Aging
A positive outlook and proactive approach is the best way to ensure healthy aging. Here are 8 tips to help you get the most out of life as you age.
8 Tips For Healthy Aging
- Attitude – Keep a positive attitude through life. Focus on the positive, taking hold of any problems and addressing them properly and you will find that you will be happier in your life & happy people tend to live longer.
- Don’t Act Your Age – Forget that “number”; if you want to color like a kid, stay up late, or watch kids’ movies then GO FOR IT! Live life looking forward to activities and actions that make you smile and forget about your age.
- Be Proactive – Utilize this great site called My Health Finder that helps explain the many ways you can use your Medicare & Health Insurance to take proactive steps in keeping healthy. You’re entitled to a variety of healthcare screenings and this site tells you exactly what you should be doing, according to your age and sex.
- Get Active – There are a variety of programs available in the Baltimore Area, or wherever you may live, that can help keep you active. If you’re homebound a professional caregiver can help get you socially and physically active by providing guidance at home or taking you to activities provided in your town.
- A New You – It’s never too late to make changes and become a whole new you! Take up a new hobby, learn a language, take a class, take part in Silver Sneakers programs, or join a book club; making the future interesting and fun is one of the best ways to focus on healthy aging.
- Inner Artist – You may be surprised that you have an artistic side to you if you check out some “How To” videos on painting, sketching or drawing. If your art talents are limited try adult coloring books that offer intricate designs and pictures that you can color with pencils, markers or crayons.
- Socialize – Instead of feeling lonely and bored reach out and invite friends and family over. Socialize with others by volunteering, joining a class or bringing a caregiver in to help you look forward to activities such as cooking with their help, playing cards/games, or simply talking.
- Surround Yourself with Positivity – Your mental health plays a very important part in healthy aging and surrounding yourself with people who make you smile and laugh makes healthy aging even easier.
Focus on both your mental and physical well being to feel more vibrant and begin your journey of healthy aging.
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