Healthy aging is the ability to maintain an active, healthy, independent and purposeful life over the course of your lifetime. “To stay independent, you have to be proactive at home,” says Stephen Quaning, M.D., a geriatric medicine specialist with MetroHealth in Orlando, Florida. Such proactive behaviors include taking the necessary medications you’re prescribed to control chronic conditions, exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet
, minimizing alcohol consumption
, not smoking, getting enough sleep
at night and staying socially active, all of which promote overall well-being and good health.
Chronic and progressive diseases, such as diabetes
, can impact activities of daily living, making it unsafe to remain at home, which is when senior living options can come into play. “Senior living can provide many benefits to a person who is dependent on care, from taking care of the daily chores of life to providing quality care and health services onsite,” says Kim Elliot, chief nursing officer at Brookdale Senior Living in Brentwood, Tennessee. “One of the biggest aspects that helps improve the quality of a resident’s life is the social aspect senior living communities can offer.”