Patients’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being as well as essential support networks are all part of aging gracefully. All doctors have probably noticed a rise in the number of elderly patients visiting their offices. Almost 69 million Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) and more than 65 million Generation Xers (those born between 1965 and 1980) are responsible for this incline. You are probably already aware of this and have noticed each of your doctor’s practices to have more people over 55 in waiting areas. Because of this its important to choose preventative health measures to keep you aging gracefully.

Aging Gracefully: Tips for Healthy Aging

  1. Eat and Drink Healthy – Making healthy food selections, such as lean meats, fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains, water, and low-fat dairy products will help you properly nourish your body and mind and ultimately your eyesight!
  2. Keep Your Body Moving – Being physically active can improve your balance and endurance, lower your risk of falling, prevent, delay, and manage chronic diseases, as well as the health of your brain.
  3. Do Not Use Tobacco – If you use tobacco, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE support to start the process of quitting.
  4. See your Doctor’s Regularly and Call When You Notice Changes in Your Health or Vision – Not only when you’re sick, but also for preventive care, see your doctor. Disease can be avoided or detected early, when treatment is most effective.
  5. Share Your Family Health History – Your doctor can assist you in taking steps to prevent chronic diseases or catch them early by learning about your family’s medical history.
  6. Be Aware of Brain Health- Even though everyone’s brains change as they age, dementia is not a typical aspect of growing older.
    If you have concerns about your memory or your brain’s health, consult a physician.
  7. ┬áBe Aware of Changes to Your Vision – Make certain you have your eyes checked regularly, especially is you notice changes in your vision or have a family history of eye diseases.

Use of these suggestions will help you stay independent and active for as long as possible. Aging gracefully doesn’t just happen, yes, some people have great genes, but most people have to put energy into remaining healthy as you age.

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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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