September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual national observance focused on the positive aspects of growing older and taking personal responsibility for one’s health physically, socially, mentally and financially. There is no getting around the fact that as we age our bodies and mind change, however, there’s a lot you can do to improve your health and longevity and reduce your risk for physical and mental disability as you get older.
Americans are living longer now than in previous decades, with many people reaching their 70s, 80s, and beyond. According to a report on aging and health in America¹ published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of Americans aged 65 or older in 2050 will be more than double what it was in 2010. This emphasizes the importance of taking care of ourselves as we enter these golden years to make sure we can enjoy a long and healthy life.
No matter what your age, making changes and improvements can have a positive effect on how well you age.
Healthy behaviors such as exercising regularly, good nutrition, and getting recommended health screenings can contribute to longer, healthier lives, even if someone has a chronic condition or a disability.