Published on June 27, 2016

The secrets of aging well

There’s no way around it.

If you want to live a long life, you’re going to have to get older.

Senior coupleBut, of course, you want those added years to be good years. Luckily, by making smart choices, you can help protect your health and independence as you age and enjoy a better quality of life.

Here’s to a healthier future

Certain habits play an important role when it comes to healthy aging, including:

Watching your weight. Being overweight is a major risk factor for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. However, being too thin can also be a health risk. Talk with your doctor about what’s healthy for you.

Getting some exercise. Research shows that people who get regular exercise not only live longer, they live better. Daily activity can also help improve conditions like arthritis and high blood pressure.

Staying involved. Being sociable and having goals can help reduce your risk of dementia and depression, as well as help you live longer.

Seeing a doctor regularly. Getting recommended screenings for conditions like high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes can help find problems early—when they often are easier to manage. Your doctor can also offer advice that can help you stay on course for a longer, healthier life.