September is Healthy Aging Month

September is Healthy Aging Month and it’s the perfect time to focus on the positive aspects of getting older. We should use this month to try to rejuvenate and get going on positive measures that can impact the areas of physical, social, financial and mental wellness.

Here are a few tips from TAMC physician's assistant Veronica Miksch for reinventing yourself during September. 

  1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your cur­rent age should act like. What was your best year so far? Pic­ture your­self at that age and be it.
  2. Be pos­i­tive in your con­ver­sa­tions and your actions every day.
  3. Walk like a vibrant, healthy per­son. Make a con­scious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first, and wear com­fort­able shoes.
  4. As cruel as it may sound, dis­tance your­self from peo­ple who do not have a pos­i­tive out­look on life.
  5. Stand up straight! You can knock off the appear­ance of a few extra years with this trick your mother kept try­ing to tell you.
  6. Have you always wanted to play the piano, paint a picture, or try woodwork­ing? Sign up now for fall art or music classes and dis­cover your inner artist!
  7. Research shows peo­ple who smile more often are hap­pier.
  8. Stop brood­ing and com­plain­ing about hav­ing no friends or fam­ily. Do some­thing about it now. Vol­un­teer. Invite some­one to meet for lunch, brunch, din­ner, or cof­fee.
  9. Start walk­ing not only for your health but to see the neigh­bors.
  10. Make this month the time to set up your annual phys­i­cal and other health screen­ings.
Aging is an inevitable part of life, so it goes without saying that the more cheerfully we can embrace the process, the easier life will be -- for ourselves as well as our family members. The best way to age gracefully is to develop healthy ways to deal with change, such as:
  1. Counting your blessings.  You may not have control over how things are changing in your life, but you do have control on how you deal with it.
  2. Speak Up.  When life's changes frustrate you, take time to acknowledge that frustration constructively.
  3. Accept the things you can't change. Sometimes the only thing we can control is our reaction to people and life's circumstances
  4. Deal with it on a daily basis. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! When you're experiencing physical, emotional or financial stress, face it head on.

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