September marks Healthy Aging® Month, providing the perfect opportunity to embark on a journey toward improved well-being. With each passing year, we gain a deeper understanding of the evolving needs of our physical and mental health, along with the shifting requirements in our diet and social connections. 

Indications of Aging in Physical Health 

Physical changes are common when aging, including: 

  • Cardiovascular health – Many encounter the stiffening of the blood vessels and arteries, which increases effort from your heart to circulate blood within them 
  • Musculoskeletal health – As we grow older, bones tend to undergo a reduction in size and density, resulting in their weaking and increased vulnerability to fractures. Simultaneously, muscles typically experience a decline in strength, endurance, and flexibility 

Indications of Aging in Brain Health 

Brain health refers to how well a person’s brain functions across several areas. Brain health can be affected by age-related changes in the brain. Aspects of brain health include: 

  • Cognitive health – how well you think, learn, and remember 
  • Motor function – how well you make and control movements, including balance 
  • Emotional function – how well you interpret and respond to emotions (both pleasant and unpleasant) 
  • Tactile function – how well you feel and respond to sensations of touch – including pressure, pain, and temperature

How to Sustain the Strength of Your Body and Mind 

Maintaining a robust body and a sharp mind is essential for a fulfilling life. Strong physical health ensures vitality, independence, and the ability to enjoy life’s adventures. Meanwhile, a sharp mind empowers you with wisdom, creativity, and resilience to navigate the challenges of each day. Together, they form the cornerstone of a vibrant and fulfilling existence. Here are some strategies for maintaining the health of your body and mind: 

  • Brain Health
    • Engage Your Mind Actively 
    • Foster social Connections and Activities 
    • Effectively Manage Stress
    • Safeguard Cognitive Well-being
    • Prioritize Sufficient Sleep 
    • Nourish Your Body with Healthy Foods 
  • Physical Health
    • Undergo Recommended Health Screenings
    • Effectively Manage Chronic Health Conditions
    • Minimize the Risk of Brain Injuries Resulting from Falls and Other Accidents
    • Maintain an Active Lifestyle 
    • Sustain a Nourishing Diet
    • Establish a Balanced Sleep Routine