What do you need to do to feel your best as you age?
One of the most important things you can do for your health at any age is
to be physically active. Physical activity keeps your body strong, and it helps
with how you feel. People who stay active are less likely to get depressed.
Physical activity can be anything from walking to gardening to working out at
the gym. The important thing is to be active almost every day. No matter what
your age or condition, there is a type of physical activity that's right for
you. Always ask your doctor whether it is safe for you to start a physical
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
Other good health habits can help you stay at
Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid salty
foods and foods with a lot of fat in them, such as fried foods.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2014
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