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Help Patients Age Gracefully During Healthy Aging Month

As a nurse, you probably already know that September is Healthy Aging Month, a time devoted to encouraging older Americans to adopt healthier habits to help them age gracefully. It’s also a time to celebrate the aging process and shine a light on all the positive aspects of getting older.

Healthy Aging Month has been celebrated nationally for more than 15 years and was started by Healthy Aging Magazine. Considering the fact that the number of Americans 45 years and older is growing year by year, this celebration is necessary now more than ever. Additionally, the baby boomer generation is large, standing steady at about 76 million people, and the majority of them want to remain active as long as possible.

By drawing national attention to the beautiful, natural process of aging, we can encourage older Americans that it’s never too late to try new things, such as a new career or hobby. Things like traveling that many Americans push off until it’s too late should be enjoyed now to make and keep life enjoyable.

To help older Americans find inspiration to tackle new projects and accept the natural aging process, organizers of Healthy Aging Month have put together ideas and tips for those ages 45 years and older to help them improve and maintain a pleasant mental, physical, financial, and social well-being. Whether it’s tips on how to deal with change or advice on how to stay active in old age, Healthy Aging Month strives to make everyone feel their best while pushing them to reach new heights.

Healthy Aging Means Confronting Change

We all know that aging is a natural part of life. It can’t be stopped, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an unpleasant experience. In fact, the better we embrace the process, the more enjoyable life will be, not only from an individual standpoint but for families, as well. One of the best ways to embrace the aging process is to learn how to best deal with change. Simple ways to do this include:

  • Remain thankful and count your blessings. No one has complete control over their lives, but you can control how you’ll handle whatever comes your way.
  • Accept what can’t be changed and confront what can be. Spend time working on things you can actually impact and just let everything else go.
  • Don’t sweep things under the rug. When you’re facing one of life’s many stresses or changes, face it head on and make a plan on how to deal with it.

Tips for Healthy Aging

In addition to learning how to accept and adapt to change, there are many other ways to age well, including the following:

  1. Stay active: Regular exercise is key to maintaining a healthy mind and body. It can be as easy as taking a brisk morning walk to start your day. Yoga or tai chi are also great activities to keep you active while improving your balance and agility.
  2. Remain social: Don’t stay cooped up at home. Instead, sign up for a class, visit old friends or make new ones, and volunteer. There are many ways to get out and about and live a social life.
  3. Get enough sleep: No matter your age, adequate sleep is a vital part of your overall health. If you’re having trouble sleeping, now is the time to schedule a visit with a sleep specialist.
  4. Don’t get down: Some people may feel depressed over the prospect of aging, but you don’t have to. If you’re depressed, visit your doctor because it can be treated.
  5. Combat forgetfulness: Forgetfulness happens to all of us. To combat it, begin making lists, get organized, and establish routines.
  6. Eat a balanced diet: A Mediterranean diet is particularly beneficial for healthy aging because it helps prevent heart problems and memory impairment.

What do you think? Does your office have any plans for promoting or supporting Healthy Aging Month?

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