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Healthy Aging® Month is an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.

For the past twenty years, the month of September has been recognized as Healthy Aging Month, an annual occurrence to raise awareness about the positive aspects of growing older. As the numbers of people age 45 and older grows every year, the focus of September’s Healthy Aging Month is to inspire these adults to improve their overall health and well-being. Healthy aging includes more than just one’s physical wellness; rather it also encompasses a healthy mental, social and financial state.

“Healthy aging means finding new things you enjoy, learning to adapt to change, staying physically and socially active, and feeling connected to your community and loved ones. As a healthcare community, let’s make an effort to encourage individuals to identify ways to make improvements to help lead a happier and healthier life,” stated Dee Kaser, Quality Improvement Advisor with Great Plains QIN.

September is a perfect time to celebrate Healthy Aging since many people think about getting started on new tasks after the summer. It offers the opportunity to hit ‘re-start’ and take positive measures that make a positive impact.

The CDC offers 6 tips for healthy aging.

  1. Eat and Drink Healthy. Make healthy food choices – like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and water.
  2. Move More, Sit Less Throughout the Day. Being active can help you prevent, delay and manage chronic diseases; improve balance and stamina; reduce risk of falls and improve brain health.
  3. Don’t Use Tobacco. If you use tobacco, take the first step towards quitting – call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help.
  4. Get Regular Check-Ups: Visit your doctor for preventive services, not just when you are sick. This can prevent disease of find it early when treatment is more effective.
  5. Know Your Family History. Share your family health history with your doctor, who can help you take steps to prevent chronic diseases or catch them early.
  6. Be Aware of Changes in Brain Health. Everyone’s brain changes as they age, but dementia is not a normal part of aging. See your doctor if you have questions about memory or brain health.

Resources that offer prevention and healthy living to promote with your older adult population: