September is Healthy Aging Month

Staying healthy is an important part of getting older. Please make sure you talk to your doctor before you make any changes in diet or exercise.

  1. I like to move it, move it

Get out there and exercise. Either by taking classes at the local gym or senior center, or even taking your dog out for a walk. Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body and brain.

  1. Talk it out

Be more social. Call an old friend, make a new friend, join a club, or even a support group. Everyone can use more friends, and this can help your mental health.

  1. Magical beans

Eating beans and other high-fiber foods are good for digestive and heart health. So, make sure you’re eating your fruits and veggies!

  1. Spice it up!

Vitamins and prescribed medications seem to be a staple of staying healthy while aging. As we get older we are prescribed different medications that can make our food taste bland. Add herbs and spices to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.

  1. Balancing act

Yoga is a great way to get exercise and improve balance. This could help prevent falls in the future.

  1. Take a hike

Get out and take a brisk walk all this month. This way you can possibly bolster both your heart and lungs.

  1. Nighty night

Did you know that sleep helps aid the repairing and healing of your heart and blood vessels? It is important to get a good night’s sleep because it’s benefits play an important role in your physical health. Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night.

  1. Beat the blues

About 6 million Americans 65 and older are affected by late-life depression, but only 10% actually receive treatment. Reason is likely because seniors display the symptoms of depression differently. This may be confused with effects of multiple illnesses and the medicines that are used to treat them.  If you’ve been down for a while, see a doctor. Depression can be treated.

  1. Remember to remember

To aid your memory you can make lists, organize, follow routines or schedules and slow down.