Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Friday, May 29, 2015

Successful Aging



It is inevitable, we all get older. Life expectancy in the United States is longer and the 85 plus category is the fastest growing segment in our population. Although this is the case, some of the largest challenges are the prevention of physical disabilities, chronic conditions and increasing "Active" life expectancy.

As we get older we have many choices about our aging; including lifestyle, healthcare, and personal choices. There are a few things to remember about "successful" aging.

  • Maintain Positive, Healthy Habits
    • Avoid smoking (second hand smoke also)
    • Limit alcohol consumption to 1 drink per day
    • Exercise - include weight bearing, aerobic and balance
    • Maintain a healthy, comfortable weight
    • Get regular check-ups
    • Be careful!  Avoid falls and situations with potential for injury

  • Be Social and Engage Intellectually
    • Pursue hobbies and interests
    • Spend time with family and friends and strengthen relationships
    • Resolve conflicts
    • Participate in activities that engage your mind

  • Finances
    • Plan for retirement
    • Carefully manage assets and investments
    • Stay current and up-to-date on insurance - plan ahead

  • Be Pro-Active
    • Choose a good physician
    • Communicate your goals, wishes and needs with a trusted member of your family
    • Consider Long Term Care insurance
    • Express your Advance Directives in writing.

 

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