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Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month. It’s never too late to get started on better health practices. Use this month as a reminder and motivation to take stock of where you’ve been, and where you want to be whether it’s physically, socially, financially, or mentally. To get you started on bettering or re-inventing yourself, here are some ideas that we have to offer.

  1. Be pos­i­tive in your con­ver­sa­tions and your actions every day. When you catch your­self com­plain­ing, check your­self right there and change the con­ver­sa­tion to some­thing pos­i­tive.

  2. Dis­tance your­self from peo­ple who do not have a pos­i­tive out­look on life. They will only depress you and stop you from mov­ing for­ward. Sur­round your­self with ener­getic, happy, pos­i­tive peo­ple of all ages and you will be hap­pier too.

  3. Smile often. It feels good and it’s con­tagious. It attracts other happy people and it might even allow you to make some new joyful friends. Also, don’t forget those teeth! It’s one of the first things people notice. Visit your dentist regularly and keep that grin white and healthy.

  4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son. Ana­lyze your gait. Do you walk slowly with your head down because you have just become lazy or, per­haps, have a fear of falling? Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear com­fort­able shoes.

  5. Stand up straight! You can knock off the appear­ance of a few extra years and pounds with this trick your mother kept try­ing to tell you. Look at your­self in the mir­ror. Are you hold­ing your stom­ach in, have your shoul­ders back, chin up? Check out how much bet­ter your neck looks! Fix your stance and prac­tice it every day, all day until it is nat­ural. You will look great and feel bet­ter.

  6. Lonely? Do some­thing about it, Vol­un­teer your time. Take a class. Invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee.

  7. Start walk­ing. It’s good for your health and offers an opportunity to visit neighbors and meet new people.

  8. Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings. Go to the appoint­ments and then, hope­fully, you can stop wor­ry­ing about ail­ments for a while.

  9. Find a new hobby. It’s never too late to learn something new. Find your inner artist, tak­e music lessons, study photography. It’s great for brain health!

  10. Travel. Don’t regret those trips you didn’t take. If you have the money, visit other countries. These trips can be very eye-opening and enriching experiences. Take family trips. Go to Disney World or the beach.

Re-invent yourself, better yourself, whatever it is you do, take this time to focus on the positive aspects of growing older. It’s never too late.




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