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What do you need to do to feel your best as you age? continued...

Your mental and emotional health are also important. Protect or improve your emotional health by staying in touch with friends, family, and the community. People who feel connected to others are more likely to thrive than those who do not. And try to keep stress at a minimum. In addition to getting regular physical activity, you can take charge of how stress affects you by taking 20 minutes a day to just relax.

To protect or improve your memory and mental sharpness, keep your brain active and challenged. Learn or do something new and different. For example, attend an educational workshop or learn a new card game. Depression can be a serious problem for older adults. If you think you may be depressed, seek help—antidepressant medicine and counseling can help treat depression.

Other good health habits can help you stay at your best:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid salty foods and foods with a lot of fat in them, such as fried foods.
  • Remember that sexually transmitted infections can affect anyone at any age, so practicing safer sex is a must.
  • If you smoke, try to quit.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Don't abuse alcohol or drugs.

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Last Updated: October 28, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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