Healthy Aging: 10 Senior Health Tips to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

This entry was posted on September 22, 2014 and is filed under Senior Care Concerns, Senior Health, Senior Lifestyle.

AlwaysOn: Senior Health Tip: - Healthy aging involves being physically active, adapting to change and developing new skills & interests.

September is Healthy Aging Month: Celebrate the Positive Aspects of Age

Sep­tem­ber is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health obser­vance designed to focus national atten­tion on the pos­i­tive aspects of grow­ing older. Now in its sec­ond decade, Healthy Aging Month seeks to pro­vide inspi­ra­tion and prac­ti­cal ideas for older adults, ages 50-plus, to improve their phys­i­cal, men­tal, social, and finan­cial well being – focusing national atten­tion on the pos­i­tive aspects of grow­ing older.

Use Sep­tem­ber as the moti­va­tion to take stock of where you’ve been, what you really would like to do if money was no object,” says Wor­thing­ton. “And try it! Who says you have to do some­thing related to what you stud­ied in school? Who says, you can’t start your own home busi­ness later in life, test your phys­i­cal prowess, or do some­thing wildly dif­fer­ent from any­thing you’ve done before? Only that per­son you see in the mirror!”

Think it’s too late to “rein­vent” your­self? Think again.

Accord­ing to Car­olyn Wor­thing­ton, the cre­ator of Sep­tem­ber is Healthy Aging Month and exec­u­tive direc­tor of Healthy Aging®, it’s never too late to find a new healthy snack, habit, or hobby.

10 Senior Health Tips to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

To help get you started turning over a new leaf later in life, here are some ideas from the edi­tors of Healthy Aging Mag­a­zine. Maybe they will inspire you in finding a few things you’d like to introduce to your healthy senior lifestyle.

  1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your cur­rent age should act like.

    1. Take some time to think back… What was your best year so far? 30? 40? 60? Now? Pic­ture your­self at that age and be it. Some peo­ple may say this is denial, but we say it’s pos­i­tive think­ing and goes a long way toward feel­ing bet­ter about your­self. Don’t worry about your age in the mir­ror, just FEEL IT!
  2. Be pos­i­tive in your con­ver­sa­tions and your actions every day.

    1. When you catch your­self com­plain­ing, check your­self right there and change the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing pos­i­tive.
    2. Bonus Senior Health Tip: Smile often. Smiling is con­ta­gious, wards off naysayers, and research shows peo­ple who smile more often are hap­pier.
  3. Have neg­a­tive friends who com­plain all of the time and con­stantly talk about how awful every­thing is? Drop them and start seeking more positive pals.

    1. As cruel as that may sound, dis­tance your­self from peo­ple who do not have a pos­i­tive out­look on life. They will only depress you and stop you from mov­ing for­ward. Sur­round your­self with ener­getic, happy, pos­i­tive peo­ple of all ages and you will be hap­pier too.
    2. Bonus Senior Health Tip: Cutback or stop watch­ing police reports and negative news – reducing or cutting these “nothing but negative” communication channels completely can have a seriously positive impact on your worldview outlook.
  4. Walk the Walk – try to consciously walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son.

    1. Ana­lyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, per­haps, have a fear of falling? Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear com­fort­able shoes.
  5. Stand up straight!

    1. You can knock off the appear­ance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept try­ing to tell you. Look at your­self in the mir­ror. Are you hold­ing your stom­ach in, have your shoul­ders back, chin up? Check out how much bet­ter your neck looks! Fix your stance and prac­tice it every day, all day until it is nat­ural. You will look great and feel bet­ter. Not to mention, your waist­line will look trim­mer if you fol­low this advice.
  6. Senior oral care can be your gateway to well-being.

    1. Your teeth are just as impor­tant to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing peo­ple notice, but good oral health is a gate­way to your over­all well-being.
  7. Lonely? Stop brood­ing about hav­ing no friends or fam­ily visits. Do some­thing about it now. Right this minute.

    1. Pick up the phone, land­line or cell, and take the first step by make a call to do one or more of the fol­low­ing:
      1. Vol­un­teer your time to meet new friendly people who care about the things you believe in or that interest you. Like vol­un­teering at the local pub­lic school to stay in touch with younger peo­ple and to keep cur­rent on trend.
      2. Take a class! Maybe a senior citizen com­puter class or a tuto­r­ial ses­sion at your cell phone store to keep up with tech­nol­ogy.
      3. Invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee – you can even do this regularly – choosing a new per­son every week to accompany you as you din­e out or to ask them to stop by for a visit.
  8. Take walks around the neighborhood or local park.

    1. Start walk­ing not only for your health but to see the neigh­bors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a con­ver­sa­tion starter. If you don’t have time or space for a dog, go to your local ani­mal shel­ter and vol­un­teer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!
  9. Make Healthy  the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings.

    1. Go to the appoint­ments and then, hope­fully, you can stop wor­ry­ing about ail­ments for a while.For a list of rec­om­mended annual health screen­ings, Depart­ment of Health and Human Ser­vices Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Prevention is a great resource.
  10. Sign up for fall art or music classes and dis­cover your inner artist!

    1. Who says tak­ing music lessons is for young school chil­dren? You may have an artist lurk­ing inside you just wait­ing to be tapped.
      1. Have you always wanted to play the piano, vio­lin, or tuba?
      2. Have you ever won­dered if you could paint a por­trait or scenic in oil?
      3. What about work­ing in wood?

    We hope these senior health tips have inspired you to look into how you can improve your healthy senior lifestyle as we close out September – National Healthy Aging Month.