What do a busy mother, a couch potato, a toddler, and your next door neighbor all have in common? Aging. They, and everyone else for that matter, age at some rate. While people move through life at different paces, we all age just one day at a time.
So, if everyone ages at the same pace, why do some people seem to have a leg up on the process? The difference has to do with the small, daily choices people make. There’s no quick fix to healthy aging! But, there are steps you can take and choices you can make in order to age more healthily. Since September is Healthy Aging Month, I figured now is the ideal time to discuss it.
What is Healthy Aging Month?
Each September, national attention is given to healthy aging and the positive aspects of growing older. While Walker Methodist likes to promote both all year long, it’s a nice reminder to keep it as a priority. Healthy Aging Month promotes every individual’s personal responsibility for their physical, social, mental, and financial health. It’s true, those are all areas we need to focus on, but how do we do it?
What Does It Mean to Age Healthily?
Healthy aging is more than just getting older. It’s about taking the time to invest in yourself. If you want to maintain good health through the years (and who doesn’t?) try some of the following activities...
Eat Healthy and Get Your Exercise
I know it, you know it, but knowing is only half the battle. Be sure to choose nutritious, minimally processed foods and fit some form of physical activity into your daily routine. It can be as simple as adding more vegetables to your diet and taking a casual walk. The important part is that you do it!
Interact and Socialize with Others
Humans are social creatures who need to interact and socialize as a part of healthy aging. Everyone has different levels of how sociable they like to be, but whether it’s playing a game of cards, joining a book club, or attending a social hour, find some activity and some people you enjoy.
Take Time for Yourself
It’s equally important to do something that’s just for you and your mental health. It could be educational, like trivia and Sudoku; therapeutic, like reflecting and journaling; or mood-boosting, like laughing and singing.
Assess Your Finances
Taking stock of your finances or even filling out a budget is a great way to stay informed and make informed decisions about your health and wellness. It’s also a good opportunity to relieve worry or plan for a special purchase.
Healthy Aging Opportunities at Walker Methodist
Socially, it’s more common to see and hear a negative outlook on aging than a positive one, but that couldn’t be further from the truth at Walker Methodist. We’re committed to providing countless life enrichment opportunities within our communities. So, during Healthy Aging Month, and all year long, Walker Methodist offers activities to fit countless preferences and lifestyles.