People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives well into their 70’s, 80’s and beyond. Staying healthy as you age involves a combination of factors including a healthy diet, regular exercise and social engagement.
September is Healthy Aging Month a great time to celebrate aging and make some lifestyle changes to help you enjoy a long and happy life.
- Transform your diet. Local farms stands are brimming with fresh, local fruits and vegetables. If there’s not a farm stand in your community, visit Mann Orchards in Methuen. They have a great variety of local produce and healthy prepared pies and soups.
- Continue your education. Check your local high school or college for afternoon or early evening enrichment classes. Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill has a life-long learning program that includes study and discussion groups as well as a self-governing book club.
- Lend a helping hand. Volunteering provides an opportunity to give back to your community. You will also meet new people and may learn a new skill. Check VolunteerMatch.org for a list of agencies looking for assistance. Or learn about the many meaningful volunteer opportunities at Merrimack Valley Hospice by clicking here.
- Stay active. Physical activity improves your overall health and well-being. Many local senior centers have exercise programs that can help you build strength and endurance at any age. For example, the Andover Senior Center offers Zumba, Tai Chi and Yoga, and the Lowell Senior Center offers line dancing and a variety of exercise programs throughout the week.
Make a commitment this month to eat better, learn more, help others and take an active path to a healthier way of living!