Healthy aging: Beyond 50

Healthy aging is a hot topic. Whether you're concerned about weight gain, sex drive or chronic diseases, the key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle. Eating a variety of nutritious foods, practicing portion control and including physical activity in your daily routine can go a long way toward promoting healthy aging.

If an interest in healthy aging leads you to consider anti-aging therapies — such as restrictive diets, supplements or expensive treatments claiming to postpone or even reverse the aging process — be cautious. There's no quick fix when it comes to healthy aging. Know what you're buying, and know how to spot suspicious schemes. Often, anti-aging therapies don't live up to the claims.

Healthy retirement

Whether you're still planning your retirement or you're ready to make the transition, there's much you can do to ensure a healthy retirement.

Start by learning what to expect as you get older, such as changes in muscle mass, sex drive, vision and cardiovascular health. After all, your dreams for a healthy retirement likely depend on good health. Then consider ways to maintain a healthy retirement. Focus on reducing your risk of falls, staying safe behind the wheel and improving your memory.

Another important aspect of healthy retirement is long-term care. Consider your options now — as well as how to pay for it — to help prevent hasty decisions later.

Dependent seniors

For dependent seniors, ongoing care can often be provided at home. In fact, the right type of home care services for dependent seniors can promote independence and ensure the highest possible quality of life.

If you're considering your needs as you get older, explore the breadth of services available for dependent seniors. For example, home care services can provide dependent seniors with a range of assistance, such as medical care, physical therapy, nutrition counseling, housekeeping support, meal delivery and companionship services.

To help you sort through the options for dependent seniors, ask questions. Find out about agency qualifications, quality of care, costs and specific services provided. The more you know, the easier it'll be to choose the best agency or care provider for your needs.

July 23, 2016