5 tips for healthy aging


January 25, 2011

Dr. Arthur Hayward of Kaiser Permanente's Care Management Institute recently shared some tips for baby boomers and seniors who want to look and feel their best during the golden years:

1. Stop Smoking. Smoking is one of the deadliest habits, particularly for older adults who have smoked for long periods of time. It can lead to cancer, stroke and heart attack. If one hasn't already ditched the cigarettes, now is the time.

2. Prevent Falls. As a person ages, their home can present new obstacles that can result in harmful falls. One should try to prepare a home accordingly by installing a personal emergency response system, which can be used to send a medical alert to doctors.

3. Get Regular Check-Ups. It's important to stay up-to-date with personal health, so one should regularly have check-ups for vision, hearing and eyesight.

4. Stay Relaxed and Active. Few things can age a person as quickly as stress. Try to exercise or practice yoga in order to stay cool and collected. Staying fit can also help one become stronger and boost the immune system.

5. Eat Well. Diet is another very critical factor in healthy aging. Simply by eating right, one can reduce the chance of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.