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Welcome to part 2 of my healthy aging article! As you may recall, I previously talked about how Americans are living longer, outlasting previous generations by a decade or more! So if we are living longer, enjoying good quality of life for longer is even more important. We can’t stop aging, but we do have some control over how we age.
While each decade is different, a few simple measures universally apply. Good nutrition and exercise, consistent skin care, and age-appropriate screenings and exams all contribute to healthy aging.
Your 50s The definition of middle age is shifting. And middle age can be an exciting time. With children out on their own, empty-nesters may find themselves with more time and freedom than they’ve had in decades. Take advantage of having more time by taking care of you. Start by talking to your doctors about which screenings (new and continued) you need and how often.
Your 60sThe golden age of retirement is upon you. Most Americans typically retire between the ages of 60 and 66. With your work years behind you, it’s important to keep physically and mentally active.
Your 70sThe 1970s were the called the “me” decade. Think of your 70s as the “happiness” decade. Studies show that people in their 70s are consistently happy and satisfied with their lives.
And now you have it- good health for the ages. What some changes that you’ve made to keep you healthy as you age?
Last update: 10/2/2017
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