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The Challenges of Aging

What are the steps to successful aging?

As we age, we make choices about our lifestyle, health care, personal pursuits, and our plans for old age. A few "steps to successful aging" will help guide us to healthy and active golden years.

1) Adopt and maintain healthy habits and positive lifestyles:

  • Avoid cigarette smoking
  • Have no more than one alcoholic beverage in a 24-hour period
  • Exercise regularly, maintaining the triad of weight bearing, aerobic, and balance activities
  • Maintain a comfortable weight
  • Get regular medical checkups

2) Maintain intellectual stimulation and socialization:

  • Pursue hobbies and interests with passion, particularly those such as dancing that are social
  • Strengthen family relationships
  • Resolve intergenerational conflicts
  • Engage in adult educational activities to challenge your mind

3) Be wise in financial planning:

  • Plan in advance for retirement
  • Carefully manage investments and assets
  • Assure adequate insurance coverage
  • Decide on your future living arrangements

4) Work to maintain dignity and good health in old age:

  • Choose a physician knowledgeable in the medical care of older adults.
  • Choose a health care system that facilitates appointments and care for elders.
  • Communicate your goals of care to your family and physician.
  • Express your advance directives in writing.

For more information, visit Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Specialized Women’s Health.