Proactive Ways to Get Healthier as You Get Older
Getting older can be complicated. Depending on where you are in the world, it can also be stigmatized. Taboos about age can keep lead people to shy away from getting older or drive them to turn to “anti-aging” solutions. But instead of trying to turn back the hands of time, what if we got proactive about getting older?
Mental health and well-being are important at any age. They’re also inextricably connected. Oftentimes, our mental health can be impacted by our physical health. Consequences can include conditions such as cognitive decline, dementia, depression, and anxiety.1 Taking time to care for our physical bodies can have long-term impacts on our mental health as we age.
No matter what your definition of old is, taking action to improve the health of your whole body is the best way to get started. While our age is more than the year on our driver's license or the number of candles on this year’s cake, the decisions we make and experiences we have work with our genetics to impact our health. As the global population continues to live longer and healthier lives, just a few simple steps can set us up for creating our best future selves.
1WHO. New advocacy brief highlights serious consequences of social isolation and loneliness on the health of older people, calls for greater political priority to the issue. Available at: https://www.who.int/news/item/29-07-2021-new-advocacy-brief-highlights-serious-consequences-of-social-isolation-and-loneliness-on-the-health-of-older-people-calls-for-greater-political-priority-to-the-issue