Online Resources: Healthy Aging
Healthy aging is a hot topic. Whether you're concerned about weight gain, sex drive or chronic diseases, the key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. Eating a variety of nutritious foods and including physical activity in your daily routine can go a long way toward promoting healthy aging.
The following organizations and resources provide access to information you can trust:
People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Communicating well with your doctor is an important part of getting good medical care. These articles and worksheets can help you prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, manage your medications, choose a new doctor, and coordinate help from family caregivers. Information from the National Institute on Aging.
What factors influence healthy aging? There are action steps we can take to maintain our health and function as we get older. From improving our diet and levels of physical activity to getting health screenings and managing risk factors for disease, these actions may influence different areas of health. Information from the National Institute on Aging.
Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases and certain cancers. As you age, you might need less energy. But you still need just as many of the nutrients in food. Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. If you have not been active, you can start slowly and work up to your goal. How much exercise you need depends on your age and health. Check with your health care provider on what is right for you. Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Health Screening for Seniors
You should visit your health care provider from time to time, even if you are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to: screen for medical issues, assess your risk for future medical problems, encourage a healthy lifestyle, update vaccinations and help you get to know your provider in case of an illness. Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.