May is the Administration on Aging’s Older Americans Month, a time to recognize and appreciate all of the ways that older adults make a difference in our communities. The 2018 theme is Engage at Every Age; you’re never too old (or young) to participate in activities that can enhance your wellbeing. There are many great resources for senior citizens and we’ll be highlighting a few in this blog post.
The National Institute on Aging at NIH has a great website called Go4Life. There are free online tools on the site for fitness tracking, coaching, and more. If you want to get active or challenge yourself (with your doctor’s approval, of course!) there are a variety of recommended exercises to try, with a focus on endurance, balance, strength, and flexibility. You can also learn about healthy eating for older adults on this site.
The American Dental Association has fantastic resources for adults over age 60. Learn why healthy eating matters, how to floss if you have mobility issues, and get strategies for managing dentures. Find out whether you need to take an antibiotic before dental procedures and how medication can affect your mouth, from dry mouth to increased risk of cavities, and what you can do to alleviate side effects.
Keep Your Brain Engaged
The NIH Brain Health website is all about ways to keep your mind healthy as you age. Your brain helps you make sense of the world around you, remember your favorite anecdotes, play games with your grandkids, and much more. Brain health is about making the most of your brain and reducing risks to it that occur with aging. Get tips for engaging your brain and staying healthy for years to come.
By the way, participating in activities that you already enjoy can work wonders for brain health! Research shows that leading an active lifestyle can help prevent certain diseases and lead to a longer lifespan. Older adults who stay active are also happier and less depressed.
Protect Your Wallet
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has developed a number of tools and resources for older adults and their caregivers. Learn about later-life financial security, how to avoid financial scams, and more. If you are a financial caregiver, learn more about how to manage money or property on someone else’s behalf.
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