6 Tips for Healthy Aging

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
older adults sitting together and laughing

6 Tips for Healthy Aging

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

1

Eat & Drink Healthy

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

2

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

3

Don’t Use Tobacco

If you use tobacco,
take the first step towards
quitting by calling
1-800-QUIT-NOW
for FREE help.
older man calling Quit-Now on phone

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.

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Page last reviewed: September 20, 2019