Healthy Aging Month® is an annual
monthly observance designed to focus national attention on the
positive aspects of growing older. The mission of Healthy Aging Month®
is to encourage local level Healthy Aging events that promote taking
responsibility for their health... be it physically, socially,
mentally or financially.
Top 10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself During Healthy Aging Month:
1. You are not required to act your age:
Let your inner 20-, 30-, or 40-something shine. Go with how you feel on the inside. You know what they say about age. It’s merely a number.
2. Let a positive perspective guide your days:
When you catch yourself complaining, stop yourself right there, and change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Maybe limit the amount of time you engage in things that tend to be negative, like watching the 24-hour and local news broadcasts.)
3. Check your flock:
Birds of a feather flock together. So, who’s in your flock? Now that you’re wearing your positivity filter with purpose on a daily basis, make a point to surround yourself with other energetic, happy, positive people.
4. Strut your stuff:
The world is your runway. Walk like you own it. You’ve earned it. When was the last time you analyzed your gait? Adjusting your gait will make you feel and look healthier. (Tip: When walking, make a conscious effort to take bigger strides.)
5. Stand up straight:
Take a look in the mirror. How does your posture look? Do you tend to slouch? Do you ever feel like you’re getting shorter as you get older? As we age, our spines begin to change. The vertebrae and discs that act as cushions between the bones of our back begin to break down and thin over time. Therefore, maintaining a healthy posture is important to keep our backs strong and straight. It will also give you a nice boost of self-confidence. So, roll those shoulders back and keep your head held high.
6. Say cheese:
Research shows people who smile more often are happier. 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. Make sure to visit your dentist regularly, and then show the world your pearly whites with a great, big smile!
7. Loneliness is but a fear of life- so get out there and live:
If you find yourself at home spending time alone frequently, make a plan to get out there and live. Find activities that interest you. Maybe you’ve been wanting to try an exercise class or spend some time volunteering. Do you have an interest in learning something? Sign up for a class. You could also schedule a lunch date with a friend every week. (Tip: Volunteer at a local public school or community center to stay in touch with people and keep connected to emerging trends, technologies, etc.)
8. Take a walk… and stop to talk:
Taking a nice stroll around the block once or twice a day is great for your heart health. It is also important to get outside and soak in some Vitamin D. Walking around your block is also a great way to meet and visit with your neighbors. Do you have a dog? You’ll be amazed how your little fluffy friend can also serve as a conversation starter with fellow animal lovers.
9. Make preventative care a priority:
What better time than Healthy Aging Month to set up your annual physicals and other health screenings. It is important to make comprehensive preventative care a top priority. This includes your annual comprehensive eye exam.
10. Find your inner artist.
We all have an inner artist within us. Have you always wanted to play the piano? Have you ever wondered if you could paint a portrait? Partaking in some creative activities is not only fun, but it’s also great for maintaining a healthy mind as we age.
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