Tips for healthy aging
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, adults who were age 65 in 2012 can expect to live an additional 19.3 years on average.
The gains in life expectancy over the past several decades are due to increases in health management. Heart disease and cancer account for nearly two-thirds of all deaths in the top 10 causes. However, from 2011–2012 the death rates for both declined by 1.8 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.
What can you do to live a healthier life as you age? According to Consumer Reports, the first item on your list should be Manage your health. Find a great primary care doctor, with an office that is proactive about your health. Another part of managing your health is managing medications. At least once per year, take all of your medication bottles to your primary care doctor for a review. Make sure you are health insurance savvy. Know what your health care plan covers and what it does not. Second, Keep Your Body Strong. Loss of muscle mass is one of the effects of aging. Consult your primary care doctor for the best fitness options for you – make a plan – and stick to it. Third, stay mentally sharp. Staying physically fit is only part of being healthy as you age. Work on your brain fitness by staying socially active – have lunch with friends, attend cultural events, dance, volunteer, and much more. Additionally, learning something new, like a new language or musical instrument, is good for your brain. Finally, live independently. If you want to age in place consider the following home modifications, a ground floor bedroom, bathroom safety features, lever-type door and faucet handles, and a chair lift if you have a home with stairs.
The next Thriving in Place Lunch & Learn on June 10 will feature Monarcha Marcet from Adventure in Building,.
Monarcha will discuss “ease of use” in residential planning and renovation. Also at June’s meeting, Lowe’s Home Improvement of Clermont will have a display table of easy home renovation items.
It’s at Town Hall, 851 Celebration Ave. from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch (cost is $5 per person at the door). RSVP by calling the Celebration Foundation office at 407-566-1234.