The years leading up to and during retirement can be some of the best years of your life. Staying on top of your health can ensure you get to enjoy this exciting time to the fullest, but what does aging well actually look like? From staying fit at 60 and beyond to keeping your mind active and sharp, we’re here to help you age well physically, mentally and emotionally.
What is healthy aging?
Before we dive into resources, let’s look at what the term “healthy aging” actually means. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that healthy aging should promote “optimal physical, mental and social well-being” for older adults. Depending on a person’s age, genetics and lifestyle, healthy aging can look and feel different for everyone. However, there are some general guidelines for aging well and staying healthy in body, mind and spirit.
Aging well on a physical level: Keeping your body in tip-top shape
Sometimes, aging is described as the onset of new aches and pains, less mobility and greater concern for physical well-being. While you might be noticing some of these changes, there are so many things you can do to keep your body feeling as young as you do. Maintaining or improving physical health is a combination of exercise, nutrition, sleep, mental health and more. Based on your goals, there are many ways to keep physically fit and healthy. The resources below can help you learn more about keeping your body in tip-top shape from head to toe.
Good mental health is a key part of healthy aging
Maintaining good mental health is essential to healthy aging. According to the CDC, the risk of depression can increase as we age, which means taking care of your mental health is just as important as exercise or sleep for your overall well-being. Check out these articles to learn how to keep your mental health thriving.
Maintain a healthy social life
Solid relationships with family, friends and loved ones are vital to your well-being. The CDC notes that strong social connections can also help prevent serious health issues like dementia and heart disease, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety and improve overall quality of life. Maintaining these strong relationships with others can look different for everyone. For some people, a weekly get together with nearby children or grandchildren is their favorite way to connect, and for others it’s daily walks with a friend. Getting involved in community groups, attending fitness or art classes, or volunteering with a local non-profit are all great ways to build and maintain social connections and boost personal health. No matter what type of social activity you take part in, regular involvement can help you keep active and connected.