Healthy Aging Month is an annual obser­vance designed to focus national atten­tion on the pos­i­tive aspects of grow­ing older. A key to healthy aging is a healthy lifestyle and involves more than just diet and exercise.

Mental and social well-being plays an important part in a person’s overall health. Older adults who practice healthy behaviors, take advantage of clinical preventive services and continue to engage with family and friends. By surrounding your­self with ener­getic, happy, pos­i­tive peo­ple of all ages, you will be hap­pier and more likely to remain healthy and incur fewer health related costs.

The Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) promote regular physical activity, healthy eating, staying smoke-free and staying socially connected. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about half of all American adults have one or more chronic conditions (such as heart disease, stroke and obesity). Even worse, around 70% of Americans die from chronic diseases and conditions each year, many of which are completely preventable. By focusing on preventing diseases before they occur, people of all ages can live healthier and happier lives. Below are links to more information on healthy aging.

DISCLAIMER: This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other healthcare providers. Always consult your healthcare provider about your medications, symptoms, and health problems. Any websites listed are external websites that are not maintained or endorsed by Old Colony Elder Services (OCES). A link does not constitute an endorsement of content, viewpoint, policies, products or services of that website. Once you link to another website not maintained by OCES, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website, including but not limited to its privacy policy.