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September is healthy aging month, so we’re sharing some of our favorite tips.

1. Water is your friend
Writer Barbara Brody quotes the Baylor College of Medicine suggesting that you, “don’t wait until you feel thirsty: It means you’re already somewhat dehydrated.”

2. Cut back on alcohol (but you don’t need to give it up!)

Brody also notes that, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, “excessive amounts of alcohol can dehydrate and damage your skin.” On the other hand, she points out that there’s research showing that a glass or two of wine a day can be healthy, and may even help you age more slowly.

black elderly man smiling

3. Lift weights
Brody quotes a Mayo Clinic’s list of several health benefits you can gain from lifting weights: “it may help combat thinning bones (osteoporosis), reduce the risk of dangerous falls, and help conditions like heart disease and diabetes in older adults.”

As a bonus, as Bustle magazine recently reported, a new study has shown that “weight lifting helped relieve depression among participants regardless of age, strength and skill level, or overall health status.”

4. Strengthen Your Balance and Prevent Falls
Healthy Aging NC reports that, “Unintentional falls among older adults are a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injury in the U.S. and North Carolina, including traumatic brain injury (TBI).”

The CDC’s STEADI program, which stands for “Stopping Elderly Accidents,
Deaths and Injuries,” suggests that exercises like Tai Chi can improve your balance and your lower leg strength. They also suggest that you have your eyes and feet checked once a year to ensure that you have the proper eyewear and footwear. STEADI also offers tips on how to make your home safer, including improving the lighting in your home and removing items you could trip over (like books, clothes, and shoes) from places where you walk.

elderly couple walking holding hands

5. Maintain a Healthy Weight
According to Johns Hopkins registered dietitian Kathleen Johnson, M.A., R.D., L.D.N, what’s most important for those over 50 is achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

She suggests you “practice moderation, and make sure the largest food on your plate is a vegetable, followed by whole grains and protein.”

While these tips are especially helpful for older folks, experts also point out that it’s never too early to start following these healthy living tips.

Sources:
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/a20953749/healthy-aging-tips/
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/nutrition-what-you-need-to-know-for-healthy-aging
http://healthyagingnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Falls_Data_NC_2016_FINAL.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/pdf/STEADI-Brochure-WhatYouCanDo-508.pdf
https://www.bustle.com/p/lifting-weights-can-improve-mood-a-new-study-shows-heres-how-to-do-it-safely-9327898

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IF YOU WANT HELP DEVELOPING A HEALTHY AGING PLAN, OUR PROVIDERS ARE HERE TO HELP.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF PROVIDERS NEAR YOU.

Megan Comer, PA-C

Charlotte, NC

Ms. Comer’s goal is that her patients feel supported. Noted for her empathy and insight, she prioritizes treating all her patients with dignity and aims to provide a safe place where all clients can feel heard and cared for. Megan encourages everyone who she works with to feel free to discuss what is really going on in their lives so that she can help improve their overall quality of live. She has a strong background helping people who have chronic pain issues

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If you have suspected coronavirus symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact your primary care provider for recommended next steps. We are following CDC recommendations to wear face coverings. Please wear a cloth mask, if you have one, to the office. Be aware that your provider may also be wearing a mask for protection. If you have a scheduled in-office appointment at MindPath, but cannot attend in person either because you have symptoms or because you do not want to be in public, please call your MindPath office to switch your appointment to a telehealth visit where you can connect with your provider from your home.

New patients who are interested in telehealth or in-office appointments can call us at 877-876-3783 or self-schedule an appointment by clicking ‘schedule an appointment’ and selecting ‘telehealth‘.