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September: Healthy Aging

Follow these tips to stay at your peak!

1. Get moving
Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body and brain.

2. Stay social
Take a class, volunteer, play games, see old friends, and make new ones.

3. Bulk up
Eat beans and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health.

4. Add some spice
Add herbs and spices to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.

5. Stay balanced  
Practice yoga or tai chi to improve agility and prevent falls.

6. Take a hike
Brisk daily walks this September can bolster both your heart and lungs.

7. Sleep well
Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night.

8. Beat the blues
If you’ve been down for a while, see a doctor. Depression can be treated.

9. Don’t forget
To aid your memory, make lists, follow routines, slow down, and organize.

Expert Tips on Healthy Aging

*Take a daily brisk walk with a friend -- you’ll get an aerobic workout, and the conversation will exercise your brain and reduce stress.

*To help control the urge to overindulge, just imagine eating that sweet treat. Research shows the fantasy dessert will satisfy you, and you’ll actually eat less.

*Every few months, review your over-the-counter drugs with your doctor for any potentially unsafe ingredients.

*Try yoga. All types help maintain physical and emotional health. Try Kundalini yoga, which focuses on meditation and strengthening.

*Follow a Mediterranean diet to help prevent memory impairment and heart problems.

*Do tai chi three days a week, and it will dramatically improves your balance. Doing tai chi can cut seniors risk of falls by almost half!