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The Aging Population: How to Age Well
By Temika Carroll, Intern
April-May 2019

       


The number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to more than double by the year 2060. While we continue to see positive economic and healthcare-related developments affecting this segment of the population, there are also many challenges. For example, the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease could triple by mid-century, sharply increasing the demands for elder care. Research shows that keeping your mind active and engaging in physical exercise is the best way to maintain and maximize your cognitive and memory skills. To boost well-being, consider the following suggestions:


  • Participate in activities that you enjoy.
  • Seek meaningful connections with others. Get to know your neighbors.
  • Get involved in your community. Volunteer for a local event or program.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
  • Maintain a healthy diet.
  • Stay physically active. Exercise regularly.


The following links give more detailed advice and insight on aging and how to age well:


https://www.apa.org/pi/aging/lifespan.pdf
https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/senior-forgetfulness
https://www.apa.org/topics/alzheimers/protect
https://www.apa.org/monitor/2008/03/dementia