Not Just for Seniors: Healthy Aging

By Rhonda Kay Leonarduhs-logo

What makes one’s life enjoyable and meaningful all the way through late adulthood? In part it’s the ability to engage in enjoyable activities and share life with neighbors, friends and family. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that two of three older Americans have multiple chronic conditions. Because poor health and loss of mobility can adversely impact one’s activities, United Homecare Services (UHS) celebrates “Healthy Aging Month” in September.

Here are a few things we can do to promote health aging at every age:

  • Avoid tobacco and misuse of alcohol
  • Be as physically active as recommended by your physician
  • Get recommended screenings
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Cultivate good coping skills
  • Maintain strong social relationships
  • Stay mentally active (WebMD).

The goal is to prevent or reduce the impact of chronic disease. Yet, life after chronic disease can still be enjoyable. A good caregiver can make the difference between withdrawing from life and participating in it.

Thought for the day: Every day is a gift! Don’t waste it.

This story is sponsored by United Homecare Services. If you are interested in finding out more or scheduling a no-obligation consultation, call 503-433-8079.