Aging is inevitable. It will happen to all of us but healthy aging is about much more than staying physically healthy—it’s about maintaining your sense of purpose, keeping a positive attitude and remaining active in activities and social circles. While the thoughts of healthy aging are different for everyone, the common factors are good mental health and the ability to manage change. Keeping these basic ideas for healthy aging will help you live with meaning and joy throughout your senior years.
Maintaining a sense of purpose is imperative to having good mental health. Getting involved in volunteer opportunities provides socialization and keeps the mind active. An active mind keeps the body working at optimum levels, better balance and coordination. Go back to doing things that you used to enjoy such as: taking a class, joining a club, playing cards, gardening, art, theatre and entertaining which can be done with a little help.
Coping with change is difficult, no matter how old you are. The particular challenge for older adults is the sheer number of changes and transitions—including the loss of friends, family, your career, your health, and even your independence. It’s natural to feel those losses. But if that sense of loss is balanced with positive ingredients, you have a formula for aging well.
Tips for healthy aging:
Focus on all the good things in life
Eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains
Drink lots of water
Exercise 10-15 minutes a day
Accept the things you cannot change