It’s a fact: People celebrate more birthdays now than ever before. According to data from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), by 2050 there could be as many as one million individuals living in the U.S. who are 100 years old or older.
Want to be one of them? Follow these suggestions offered by the NIA.
1. Exercise. A good idea at any age, exercising as you get older helps reduce the risk for disabilities and age-related diseases. Exercise helps keep you limber—and you’ll feel more energetic, too!
2. Eat healthy foods. Don’t forgo good nutrition: It’s the fuel your body needs to function well. Ask the dietitian at your grocery store or your senior living community about healthy food choices and learn more at Choose My Plate.
3. Watch your weight. Weighing too much (or too little) can impact your long-term health, so follow your doctor’s recommendations to find the ideal weight for you.
4. Stop smoking. Even if you used to smoke, there are health benefits once you quit. Forgo other tobacco products as well.
5. Quiz yourself. Keeping your brain active with puzzles, games, and other challenges can help you stay sharp as you age.
6. Practice wellness. Treat yourself to simple pleasures to stay well and healthy. Socialize with those you enjoy, get plenty of sleep, and express gratitude for what you have.
7. See your doctor. Regular checkups can help you stay on top of your health.
8. Drink only in moderation if you consume alcohol.
As with any activity, check with your doctor before making changes to your lifestyle or diet. Life Care Services cares for more than 33,000 older adults who live in the communities we manage. Contact us to learn more about finding a senior living community that can support your overall well-being as you age.