The Happy, Healthy way to Grow Older

by Delilah Newton | Nov 23, 2021

The world turns, and so do the pages of the calendar. Aging is inevitable, so why not make the most of it?

True, some health risks increase with age. However, if you ask older adults, most are happier than they’ve ever been. According to a recent national survey of people ages 50 to 80:

  • 65% say life is better than they thought it would be
  • 88% are more comfortable being themselves
  • 80% have a strong sense of purpose
Older adults who view aging in a better light tend to have better 
health, physically and mentally. Meanwhile, focusing on the negative aspects of aging can predict poor health.

Older adults who view aging in a better light tend to have better health, physically and mentally. Meanwhile, focusing on the negative aspects of aging can predict poor health.

THE POSITIVE AGING MOVEMENT
Rooted in research on mood and well-being, the positive aging movement aims to help more people than ever shine in their golden years. No matter how old you are, you can join it. These everyday steps can help you stay sharp and continue pursuing your passions.

Optimize your diet. Aim for foods rich in energizing nutrients. Pack your plate with brightly colored produce, whole grains, lean meats, unsalted nuts and seeds, and low-fat dairy.

Exercise regularly. The right amount — and type — of exercise varies by age and health status. But everyone needs to move. Training for a 5K, hiking through nature, gardening … the options are endless. Even small everyday motions, like walking the dog or playing with grandkids, add up.

Do activities you enjoy. Hobbies like traveling, dancing, reading, playing board games or volunteering may help keep your mind and body functioning their best. Many also connect you to a community.

KEEP UP WITH CHECKUPS
Most importantly, you can’t thrive as you age unless you keep on top of your physical and mental health. Your primary care provider can advise you on the preventive care you need.

Getting your flu shot this fall and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, if you haven’t already, can help you stay healthy and happy for years to come.

CRH Geriatrics: Here to Help You Thrive as You Age 
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Columbus Regional Health Geriatrics is accepting new patients who may need special healthcare related to age or certain conditions.

Ritu Rohatgi, D.O., is a physician who specializes in the care of older adults. Not every older person needs a geriatrician, but an estimated 30% of  adults over age 65 do.

Seeing a geriatrician is not age-specific either. Biological and chronological age are not the same.

  • Do you have four or more chronic conditions?
  • Do you feel like you take too many medications?
  • Can you not get around easily at home and outside home?

If you answered “yes,” then consider making an appointment with CRH Geriatrics. You can call 812-376-9601 to get started.

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