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You are never too young or too old to be healthier.
Becoming healthier is often about simple choices. It’s easy to
find time for a short walk, to put a few more vegetables and
fruits on your plate, and to decide to drink sugary beverages
and alcohol in moderation.
Your health will also benefit greatly from making (and
keeping) friends and from broadening your horizons
through reading, travelling and interesting hobbies.
Looking after your health is something I encourage people
to do at every age, but it’s especially important as you age.
How you live in the first decades of your life sets the tone for
how you’ll live in the later decades. For example, the good
exercise habits from your 20s and 30s can be continued as
four or five walks a week in your later years and are one of
the best ways to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease in
your 70s and 80s.
In this issue of Apple, we look at healthy aging. The anchor
of this edition is a 24-page section called Older, Healthier,
Wiser (see page 25). The stories in this section apply to
people of all ages because, as the first story says, we’re all
aging. And we’re all aging every day.
How we age is more than a matter of our years. It can also
be a matter of how we prepare for those years: setting and
reaching goals (see Planning To Live Life Fully on
page 9), choosing healthy foods (see Cook and Eat With Us
Age is more than
a matter of years
on page 12) and planning our finances (see Managing Your
Finances is Healthy on page 16).
Our relationships also affect how we age. Having a
network of close friends can extend our lives (see our 50+
column on page 18) and a close, intimate relationship can
take on a new lustre with time (see Sex After 60 on page 21).
As we age, we often come to the realization that we can’t
control everything in our lives, but I believe that when
we make simple, positive choices, we can make our lives
healthier, happier and longer.
— Dr. James Silvius
James Silvius is the provincial medical director of Seniors Health for Alberta Health Services.