6 Tips for Healthy Aging

6 Tips for Healthy Aging
As you age, use these 6 tips to improve your health and prevent chronic disease.
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icons of vegetables, running shoe, no smoking
icons of stethoscope, chart, and brain

1

Eat Healthy

Make healthy choices—
like fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, lean meats,
and low-fat dairy products.
woman picking out fruit

2

Get Regular Physical Activity

Being active can help you prevent,
delay, and manage chronic diseases;
improve balance and stamina;
reduce risk of falls; and improve brain health.
exercising outoodrs; Tip: Aim for moderate physical activity-like brisk walking or gardening-for at least 150 minutes a week.

3

Quit Smoking

Take the first
step and call
1-800-QUIT-NOW
for FREE support.
older man throwing away cigarettes

4

Get Regular Checkups

Visit your doctor for preventive services,
not just when you’re sick. This can
prevent disease or find it early,
when treatment is more effective.
woman visiting doctor

5

Know Your Family History

Share your family health history
with your doctor, who can help you
take steps to prevent chronic
diseases or catch them early.
family

6

Be Aware of Changes in Brain Health

Everyone’s brain changes as they age,
but dementia is not a normal part of aging.
See your doctor if you have questions
about memory or brain health.
older man painting
For more about how to prevent chronic disease and maintain a healthy lifestyle,
follow @CDCChronic on Twitter or visit www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease.

6 Tips for Healthy Aging Cdc-pdf[PDF – 2.6 MB]

Page last reviewed: October 23, 2018