Tips for Healthy Aging!

By Alexandra Lalley, MS, RD, CDN |

Aging happens to all of us, but it happens gradually over time. Sometimes, we might look in the mirror and not recognize the person staring back at us. That person may not seem like the same person we feel like on the inside.

While we can’t stop ourselves from aging, we can make the most of our time. Here are some tips to help you age successfully:

  • Stay active: It’s important to keep moving and exercising every day. Simple activities like walking around your house or yard or going up and down the stairs can make a difference. Start with small goals and gradually increase them as you become stronger. You can aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise, 3-5 days a week. Before starting any new exercise routine, always check with your healthcare provider.
  • Exercise your brain: Keeping your brain active is just as important as keeping your body active. Challenge yourself mentally by reading, doing puzzles, or engaging in complex activities that make you think. It’s never too late to learn a new skill or start a new hobby.
  • Eat well: Eating healthy can make you feel mentally and physically better. Try to include whole grains and fruits or vegetables with every meal. It’s also good to know that many Medicare Advantage plans offer home-delivered meals to their members when they return home from the hospital.
  • Stay Social: Connecting and interacting with others is essential for your well-being. Loneliness can affect your physical health and lead to depression and decline. Look for social opportunities, such as joining classes or events at churches, senior centers, community centers, or other places. You can make new friends and have fun.
  • Celebrate your achievements: Think about the obstacles you’ve overcome and be proud of your successes, no matter how small they may seem. You can also try to help others reach their goals or be there to support and encourage them.
  • Take care of your health: Regular check-ups with your doctor are important. Discuss any significant health changes, memory issues, or other concerns. Also, take advantage of free online health tools to help you manage your health.

Remember, no matter your age or condition; it’s never too late to start working on building and preserving relationships, mental health, staying active, and managing your emotions. Aging is an ongoing process, but with the right approach, you can make the most out of every day.

For more tips, download our Your Path To Good Health ebook.