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How to Age, Gracefully

We know that aging can be difficult, but our physicians have come up with some of the best ways to help you feel comfortable in your skin. Let’s take a look:

 

Stay in touch with your doctor  

Once you hit the big 5-0, it’s time to start getting annual physicals. During this time, your doctor will check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You’ll also be screened for colorectal cancer. We encourage women to do a mammogram to screen for breast cancer. We’ll also make sure you’re up-to-date on your immunizations (shingles vaccine, tetanus shot and flu shot). These appointments are a great time to talk to your doctor about any concerns about the medications you’re taking, your family history and any lifestyle factors that could affect your health. Make an appointment for your physical today.

 

Keep moving

Another key factor to aging well is exercising, which helps keep your joints and muscles strong. See if you can get 30 minutes a day of vigorous exercise. And there’s lots of options: a brisk walk around the neighborhood, a swim at the pool or a game of tag with your grandchildren. Need a little motivation? Check out Active People, Healthy Nation. Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is a nationwide initiative that’s dedicated to helping more than 27 million Americans reach their exercise goals.  

 

You don’t have to do crossword puzzles

You’ve probably read a lot of advice on how to keep your brain sharp. And it seems like almost every article boldly proclaims “Do crossword puzzles!” But…what if you just don’t like them? Good news: You don’t have to!

 

There are plenty of other activities you can do to stay mentally fit. The key is to try different activities or hobbies. Whether it’s tackling a new arts and crafts project (like making a scrapbook), having your teenage grandson teach you how to make TikToks or doing a jigsaw puzzle.  Find an activity that challenges you!

 

Go exploring in your hometown 

Even if you don’t have the money saved for a big, expensive vacation, that doesn’t mean you can’t find new ways to expose yourself to something new in your hometown. Binge-watch your favorite Netflix TV show in French. Go to the library and check out some cookbooks from a country you’ve always wanted to go to. Or seek out festivals, concerts or art exhibits in your community that honor different cultures.

 

Share your wisdom with others

You might’ve spent a lot of time daydreaming of retirement, but now that it’s finally here.  You might be wondering “What do I do with all this free time?” Now is the time to find an organization in your community that will benefit from your expertise. Whether it’s volunteering at an animal shelter, religious organization, hospital or theatre, find something that nourishes your soul. Being active in a community organization is a great way to meet new people, dive into your passion and give you a sense of routine.

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