Plan to Age Well
You can keep your autonomy as you grow older, stay independent, continue to enjoy all the pursuits you always have, and provide a good example to your family about how to age well. Prevention, self-management, and advanced planning are essential to aging the best way you possibly can.
Regardless of your level of health and mobility, you can take steps to keep functioning at the highest level possible for as long as possible. There are a few things you can do that will have the biggest impact on your health and well-being as you age.
1. Stay active
Exercise helps you achieve a higher level of overall health. It also combats obesity and chronic diseasesboth which can cause physical hardships.
- Endurance: do moderate aerobic activity for at least 30 minutes, most days of the week
- Flexibility: stretch every day
- Strength: train 2-3 days per week
- Balance: work on your balance 3 times per week
2. Stay social
Social isolation is the one thing that most negatively affects the overall health of people over the age of 65. Socializing improves your memory and increases your self-esteem and, as they say, laughter is good medicine.
3. Make a plan
Advanced planning takes some of the worry and guesswork out of aging for you and your family. It is at least as important as financial retirement planning if your goal is a healthy, active, independent future.
These things are the keys to combating all of the chronic diseases that can afflict you in your later years, to keeping your mind alert and bright, and keeping your body in good working conditionall so that you can continue to live the way you want to live.