Successful Aging Tips

Tip #1: Take care of your health.

Visit your doctor regularly. Ask about tests and immunizations that are right for your age group.

Eat a healthy diet. Your diet should be low in fat and high in fiber.

Exercise to stay fit. Be active every day at your own level of comfort.

Don’t drink too much alcohol. People over the age of 65 should try not to have more than one drink per day. (A drink is one glass of wine, one bottle of beer, or one shot of liquor.) And remember: never drink alcohol with your medicines!

Don’t use tobacco in any form. This means cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew or snuff. If you need help quitting, talk to your doctor.

Tip #2: Keep yourself safe.

Make your home a safe place.

Prevent falls.

Stay safe in the car.

Tip #3: Take care of your emotional health.

Keep in touch with family and friends. It’s important to maintain your social life!

Exercise your mind. Keep your mind active by reading books, doing crossword puzzles, and taking classes.

Stay involved. Join community activities or volunteer projects. Somebody needs what you can offer!

Keep a positive attitude!

Tip #4: Plan for your future.

Keep track of your money. Even if someone else is helping you manage your bank accounts and investments, stay informed.

Know your own health. This is important for receiving good medical care.

Make your health care wishes known to your family and doctors.

Create a transportation plan. If you don’t drive, know how to get around.