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Celebrate Healthy Aging Month. Focus on Mental, Fiscal, and Physical Fitness

What does the term “healthy aging” mean to you? To most of us, it brings to mind exercise, diet, and the physical aspects of health. But there’s more to healthy aging than being physically fit. According to the U.S. Surgeon General and backed up by recent studies, aging well depends on four elements: avoiding disease, sustaining high cognitive and physical function, engaging with others, and keeping a judicial eye on finances.

Because September is Healthy Aging Month, there’s no better time to consider ways to maintain your mental, social, and financial fitness as you grow older. Here are a few ideas:

  • Keep your mind sharp by exercising your brain. Complete puzzles, read, or take a class at your local college or community center.
  • Realize that ongoing feelings of depression are not part of the aging process. Don’t be reluctant to discuss your feelings or ask for help from family, friends, or medical professionals.
  • Make a difference in your community and volunteer. You can also encourage others to join you by reaching out with a phone call or sending emails.
  • Start a new hobby with a group of friends.
  • Simplify money management by having your Social Security benefits and other income automatically deposited into your bank account. To sign up for direct deposits of government payments, contact the U.S. Treasury Department’s “Go Direct” hotline at 1-800-333-1795 or visit http://www.GoDirect.org.
  • Consider a second career or work part-time to boost your retirement income, if possible.
  • Be cautious with your credit cards. If you have them, closely monitor your accounts.

For more resources, please visit:

MedlinePlus Senior Health
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/seniorshealth.html

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. “After You Retire: Managing Your Expenses on a Fixed or Reduced Income.”
http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnspr08/expenses.html

U.S. Public Health Service. “Older Adults and Mental Health.”
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter5/sec1.html

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Last Modified: 12/31/1600

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