Live Healthy As You Age: Part 1

Many women, like my fabulous mother, have had turned ‘30’ more than 20 times. Every year their age stays the same, or at least so they say.  Aging. That is the one thing that no one can avoid. Hollywood types are obsessed with finding the elusive  “fountain of youth” through plastic surgery, fad diets and fake tan. But the fact of the matter is, no matter how young you look, you will get older.

While you can’t stop your age from rising, you can choose how you age.
My grandma recently mentioned how she would never want to be 19 again and have to learn all of those life lessons again. And why would she?  She has lived a fabulous life and is still ticking along at 92-years-young. She took excellent care of herself throughout her life and it shows in her age. She has avoided all major illnesses, is able to walk around great and still has her own teeth.

While everyone may not have hit the genetic jackpot as my grams, your actions can affect how you age. Take care of yourself when you are young and you will reap the benefits when you are older. Create a healthy lifestyle now, it takes a lifetime of habits.

I work with senior citizens on a regular basis and I see the effects of aging. More importantly, I see how those who take better care of themselves have a better quality of life. Here are some things that I have seen and hope to learn from to ensure better Golden Years:

* Exercise.  The old adage “If you don’t use it, you lose it” could not be truer as you age. Those who are active have an easier time walking around and doing basic tasks. And I am not talking about scaling a mountain. Short, easy activities are all it takes to keep your body active. My grammy’s favorite? Water aerobics. It is easy on her joints but keeps her heart moving.
* Drink your milk. As you age, your bones get a lot of stress on the joints. Milk is one of the easiest ways to get calcium, which strengthens your bones. Osteoporosis is a bone disease where your bone density is weakened. Sound bad? It is. It can lead to bone fractures.  You know how some seniors seem like they are getting shorter? You are not just seeing things. Osteoporosis can be to blame. If you are lactose intolerant, calcium supplements are a great natural way to get the vitamins you need.

* Get good insurance. Finding affordable health insurance can be a task, but it is essential as you age. It is inevitable that you will start to have problems, as do most seniors. However, those who do not have insurance will often avoid going to the doctor because of the cost, shrugging off the possibility that their ailments might be very serious. A simple cold or flu can be life threatening as you age. Having the right insurance can be the difference between life and death.

Stay tuned to our blog here at for part 2 coming soon!