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Healthy Aging Month 2021

Healthy Aging Month 2021

September is Healthy Aging Month, a nationwide observance dedicated to empowering older adults by promoting the positive features of aging. 

During Healthy Aging Month, organizations raise awareness about how adults 45 and older can live healthier, happier lives. In addition, many groups host educational events where older adults can learn to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial health.

As we age, it’s easy to focus on the negative aspects of growing old. Our vision deteriorates, joint pain occurs more frequently, and things don’t taste the same as they used to. 

However, there are just as many (if not more) good things that come with age, such as perspective, confidence, and of course, grandkids. 

Technology and changing mindsets toward aging make growing old easier than ever before. Not only that, but if you develop healthy habits now, you’ll set yourself up for many years of graceful aging. 

“We saw a need to draw attention to the myths of aging, to shout out ‘Hey, it’s not too late to take control of your health, it’s never too late to get started on something new.’ Why not think about the positive aspects of aging instead of the stereotypes and the negative aspects?”

Carol Worthington, Healthy Aging Month founder and editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine Tweet

Finding Purpose During Healthy Aging Month

Realizing your purpose is an essential building block to your overall quality of life. That’s why Worthington encourages older adults to get out of their comfort zone during Healthy Aging Month.

“Use September as the motivation to take stock of where you’ve been, what you really would like to do if money was no object. And try it! Who says you have to do something related to what you studied in school? Who says you can’t become an entrepreneur, start your own home business later in life, test your physical prowess, or do something wildly different from anything you’ve done before? Only that person you see in the mirror!”

So ask yourself,

  • What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
  • Which activity or aspect of your day do you most anticipate?
  • How do you work toward personal growth?

Your golden years will shine the brightest when you find your purpose and improve your wellbeing.

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Healthy aging means more time and energy for what you love.

Staying Positive During Healthy Aging Month

Making healthy choices and adopting a positive mindset will do more than improve your longevity; it will also make life better for you and the people around you. 

Of course, looking on the bright side isn’t always the easiest thing to do. For example, depression, chronic pain, or financial difficulties can make it harder to overcome negative thoughts.

While these situations are valid, they mean that it’s even more important to develop a positive mindset. So if you struggle with depression or another mental health issue, it would be best to see a professional who can help you manage negative thought patterns and emotions.

Stay Positive

Optimistic people find the silver lining in adverse situations. They also look for the best in themselves and others. 

A growing number of studies (such as the Nun Study) have found strong connections between positive thinking and longevity. It can also make it easier to manage stressful interactions and events. 

If you struggle with negative thoughts, try to “re-train” yourself by replacing them with positive ones. For example, if you find yourself complaining about something, switch the conversation to something more positive or stop complaining altogether.

Recognize That Age Is Just A Number

Healthy Aging Month is all about seeing the positives in aging. You’re never too old for anything. 

So take your age for what it is – a number. It doesn’t stop you from being who you are, who you want to be, or who you could be. 

Find something that gives you a reason to get out of bed each day. If that means rediscovering your passion or finding a completely new one, then do it!

Take Charge Of Your Health

Older adults are entitled to numerous healthcare benefits that younger people are not, such as screenings or tests. 

Being proactive will lay the foundation for years of better physical and mental health. So during Healthy Aging Month, find out what benefits your health insurance covers and plan to take advantage of them. 

Try New Things

Similarly, don’t let your age stop you from trying new things (within reason, of course!). Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Experiment with new hobbies
  • Larn a new skill or language
  • Enroll in a local or online class
  • Participate (or start) a book club or walking group

Incorporating new activities into your routine will give you something to look forward to and keep you from doing the same things every day.

Build A Support System

Mental health is one of the core aspects of healthy aging, and a positive support system can greatly boost your mental wellbeing. Surround yourself with friends and loved ones that fill you with joy, rather than bring you down.

Healthy Aging Symposium

On September 8 and 9, the Office of Disease Prevention (ODPHP) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) will conduct the 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium

During this free online event, “national researchers, state and local health officials, and policymakers” from around the country will share their insights about “the latest science, best practices, and innovative interventions to improve older Americans’ health and well-being.” 

This event is an excellent opportunity for caregivers and other healthcare professionals to connect and learn. If you are interested, visit the registration page.

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Healthy Aging Month focuses on the positive aspects of aging and empowering older adults to do the same about themselves. 

Many organizations offer in-person and online events to educate people about the importance of healthy aging. Look online to find local events in your area.

Making small changes to your lifestyle, diet, and mindset will create a better basis for healthy aging in the future. If you struggle with mental or physical issues, get professional help sooner rather than later.

If you or a loved one needs a little extra help living their best life, we can help. Our qualified caregivers can assist with transportation, dressing, cooking, and more. Call (888) 541-1136 or reach out online to learn more.

Visit the blog for additional resources and tips for happy, healthy senior living.

  • Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC. Healthy Aging Awareness Month: How to Age Healthily, 4 Sept. 2019, www.wvdermcenter.com/blog/healthy-aging-awareness-month-how-to-age-healthily.
  • ODPHP. “Register for the 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium!” Register for the 2021 Healthy Aging Symposium! – News & Events, 25 June 2021, health.gov/news/202106/register-2021-healthy-aging-symposium.
  • “September Is Healthy Aging Month.” Healthy Aging®, 18 Aug. 2016, healthyaging.net/healthy-aging-month/september-is-healthy-aging-month/.

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