Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Aging gracefully isn’t about trying to look like a 20-something — it’s about living your best life and having the physical and mental health to enjoy it. Like a bottle of wine, you can get better with age with the right care.
Tips for aging gracefully
Be kind to your skin. Your skin is your body's largest organ-treat it with care, hydrate it, clean it, protect it from the elements and SMILE!
Exercise-Adults need 2 1/2 hours of moderate exercise a week.
Mind your diet-Eat a balanced diet to help increase energy and to lose weight.
Mental health matters!-If you need extra help, ask! Call your doctor.
Stay physically active-Go outside!
Lower your stress-Practice Tai Chi and Meditation. Or PRAY!
Quit smoking and decrease alcohol consumption-It's hard to quit so get help.
Get enough sleep-8 hours is the recommended amount but you can get 10.
Find new hobbies-Walk, join virtual groups, read a book, garden.
Practice Mindfulness-Challenge your brain and think positive thoughts.
Drink plenty of water-Staying hydrated is so necessary to keep everything moving.
Take care of your mouth-Brush your teeth and floss. See a dentist as part of a good regime.
See a doctor regularly-Go get a check up even if everything is good.
Where to go for help
Though aging is inevitable, some people find it difficult to deal with the changes that come with getting older.
If you’re worried about your health, are having trouble feeling positive about aging, or worry that you’re not aging well it’s important to reach out for help.
Talk to someone you trust, such as a family member or close friend. Professional help is also available through a doctor or a counselor.
References: Healthline, June 2018, Emory-Healthy Aging Study, 2016