Healthy aging means investing time, energy and attention into good health habits and positive lifestyle changes that can contribute to overall wellness. It is important to stay fit – body and mind, to help us age well, delay frailty and prevent illness.
How do I stay healthy as I age?
Eat healthy foods
Fuel-up on powerhouse veggies. This article has dietitian advice on how to incorporate more vegetable superfoods in your diet and how they can impact your health.
Drink alcohol in moderation
As we age, our bodies metabolize alcohol more slowly, so drinking two or three beers at age 65 can have the same effect as seven or eight beers consumed at age 20.
Drinking also poses more of a challenge in older adults who have a pre-existing health condition such as diabetes, or kidney or bladder problems, as their organs are already compromised and unable to process alcohol like they once did. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, such as cold medicines, can also amplify the effects of alcohol.
Learn more about the potential causes for older adults to misuse alcohol, how to spot symptoms of alcohol abuse and how to get help for loved ones.
Physical activity has many benefits and is essential for living a healthy life into old age. On a daily basis, being physically active improves your quality of life as it:
- Lowers risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke
- Lowers blood pressure and blood sugar
- Lowers risk of dementia
- Strengthens muscles and bones
- Lowers risk for some cancers
- Improves posture and balance
- Lowers risk of falls or a hip fracture
- Elevates mood
- Decreases stress, anxiety or fatigue
- Improves relaxation and sleep
- Improves confidence
- Increases energy level
- Improves mental sharpness
- Lets you have fun and involve family and friends
- Improves quality of life
Learn how to exercise to avoid frailty.
Learn about the benefits of volunteering on healthy aging.
Keep your brain active
Whether it’s doing Sudoku puzzles or learning new skills, keeping your brain active is an important part of maintaining memory and overall healthy aging.
Learn about what dementia is, common signs and symptoms and how to get help.
Take care of your emotional well-being and other ways to thrive in old age
Find easy, practical health and wellness tips you can begin to keep fit and thrive as you age.
See articles and videos about aging well from HealthyFamiliesBC.
See the B.C. Government’s guidelines for aging well.
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Digital tools and health apps
Find online tools, smartphone apps and interactive content to help you take control of your health.
- Healthy eating for seniors handbook