6 Tips for Healthy Aging

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
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6 Tips for Healthy Aging

Use these 6 tips to remain active and independent as long as possible.


Eat & Drink Healthy

Make healthy choices—
like fruits, vegetables,
whole grains, lean meats,
low-fat dairy products,
and water.

woman picking out fruit


Move More, Sit Less
Throughout the Day

Being active can help you
prevent, delay, and manage
chronic diseases; improve
balance and stamina;
reduce risk of falls; and
improve brain health.

older adults exercising outside


Don’t Use Tobacco

If you use tobacco,
take the first step towards
quitting by calling
for FREE help.

older man calling Quit-Now on phone


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


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.



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.

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Page last reviewed: July 18, 2022