Healthy Aging

Healthy Aging

According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine, it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion or hobby. Worthington is the creator of September is Healthy Aging® Month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Now in its second decade, Worthington says that Healthy Aging® Month provides inspiration and practical ideas for adults ages 45 and up to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being.

“Use September as the motivation to take stock of where you’ve been, what you really would like to do,” says Worthington. “And try it! Who says, you can’t start your own home business later in life, test your physical prowess, or do something wildly different from anything you’ve done before?”

Would you like to get more involved in your community or be more socially active? There are plenty of places to look for opportunities, depending on your interests. Here are some ideas from the National Institute on Aging:

 

Get out and about

  • Join a senior center and take part in its events and activities
  • Play cards or other games with friends
  • Go to the theater, a movie, or a sporting event
  • Travel with a group of older adults, such as a retiree group
  • Visit friends and family
  • Try different restaurants
  • Join a group interested in a hobby like knitting, hiking, painting or woodcarving

Learn something new

  • Take a cooking, art, or computer class
  • Form or join a book club
  • Try yoga, tai chi or another new physical activity
  • Learn (or relearn) how to play a musical instrument

 

Become more active in your community

  • Serve meals or organize clothing donations at a place for homeless people
  • Help an organization send care packages to soldiers stationed overseas
  • Care for dogs and cats at an animal shelter
  • Volunteer to run errands for people with disabilities
  • Join a committee or volunteer for an activity at your place of worship
  • Volunteer at a school, library, or hospital
  • Help with gardening at a community garden or park
  • Organize a park cleanup through your local recreation center or community association
  • Sing in a community choral group, or play in a local band or orchestra
  • Get a part-time job

 

Be physically active

  • Garden or do yard work
  • Take an exercise class or do exercises at home
  • Go dancing
  • Walk or bicycle with a friend or neighbor
  • Swim or take a swimming class
  • Play with your grandchildren