Aging Healthy: Putting All the Pieces Together

In this Aging Healthy series, we took a closer look at what it means to age healthy. We talked about key elements of our lives that factor into aging, and changes we could make (or approaches we could maintain) that can help lead to a healthier, happier experience as we grow older. We also looked at research from the National Institutes of Health—including the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health—and other organizations that provide roadmaps to good health, with recommendations for healthy lifestyle habits.

two older men walk away from the camera along a brick path through a park. [credit:, Steve Buissinne]
[CREDIT:, Steve Buissinne]

In a nutshell, we discussed how taking care of our physical, mental and cognitive health is important to healthy aging, and that small changes in our lifestyles can help us to live longer and better. The National Institutes of Health summarizes that across three areas:

  • Physical Health
    • Stay active
    • Eat well
    • Sleep well
    • Visit your healthcare provider regularly
  • Mental Health
    • Interact with family and friends
    • Try to stay positive
    • Participate in activities you enjoy
  • Cognitive Health
    • Adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors that may reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s and related dementias
    • Learn a new skill often
an older woman and a young girl share icea cream and treats at a sidewalk table outside a store. [credit:, Allin Mircea Collection]
[CREDIT:, Allin Mircea Collection]

Federal research tells us that there is so much more to learn about healthy aging and what lifestyle factors support it. But, remember that small changes can add up to a healthier life!

If you missed any post(s) in this series, follow the links below to catch up:

four older men and women share a meal around a dining room table. [credit: uf/ifas, tyler jones]
[CREDIT: UF/IFAS, Tyler Jones]

Maria Portelos-Rometo is a UF/IFAS Extension Agent at Sarasota County. She specializes in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Posted: May 14, 2024

Category: Health & Nutrition, Work & Life
Tags: Aging, Aging Healthy, AgingHealthy, Health, Pgm_FCS, Senior

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