Baby boomers: Here's how to age well
70 is the new 40. Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday with a gig at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this summer. Also 70 this year: Al Pacino, Chuck Norris and Raquel Welch.
But aging well doesn’t mean living longer; it means staying healthy and active (hello Ringo) so that you can continue doing what you love (for Ringo, drumming) for as long as possible, says the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS’) Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA) in a recent press release.
To help older adults and their loved ones discover what they need to do to live well for as long as possible, the FHA has published an easy to understand health “tip sheet” - “Ten Top Tips for Aging Well.”
The FHA tip sheet for healthy aging includes these three key strategies: Eat a colorful, nutrient rich diet; exercise safely to stay physically strong and mentally alert; and keep your mind sharp with games and activities.
The tip sheet also offers advice on how to get the most from your visits to healthcare professionals, including must-have vaccines, reviewing all medications and supplements with your doctor to guard against complications, and discussing any feelings of sadness, loss of appetite, or anxiety. Knowing how to enjoy safe sex, how much alcohol is safe to drink, and how much shut eye you need every night, is also addressed in the tip sheet.