Longevity To-Dos for Your 90s and Beyond

Keep Making Health Progress

Sure, you're 90 or more, which means you've done great as far as longevity goes. But there's no need to let up yet.

The world's oldest person, Jeanne Calment, lived to age 122. That means you could still have 25% of your life ahead of you. Make some changes, take control and do your best to feel great today and every day.

Avoid Falls

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Balance is everything. If your sense of balance declines, your risk of suffering a serious fall goes way up. Spend time each day giving your sense of balance a work-out. There are simple and safe exercises you can do. Ask your doctor to recommend a therapist who can teach you, or get started on your own (with a friend nearby to help the first few times). More.

Don't Slack on Sleep

You may believe that as people age, they need less sleep. It's simply not true. Through a combination of health conditions like high blood pressure, medication side effect and bad habits, most older people have trouble sleeping.

Beat sleep problems and feel great again by keeping a regular schedule, controlling your health conditions and talking to your doctor to see if your medication might be contributing to a sleep problem. More

Take Your Medicine

It is shocking to learn how many people simply do not take the medicine doctors give them. Make sure you are not one of them. Your doctor cannot help you or figure out what to do if you are constantly changing the doses or forgetting to take your medication. Develop a solid reminder system and stay on the medication. Be sure to call your doctor if you have any negative side effects. There should always be a nurse available to speak with during business hours.

Ask Questions About Your Health

Research has shown that people who ask questions about their health conditions and medications have a lower risk of dying than those that don't. Ask lots of questions, double check medication and be sure that you have lists of all your current treatments and medications. Keeping on top and understanding your health could very well save your life. More.

Keep Your Tests Updated

Keeping your tests updated is important. There are a lot of them, and it may seem like you are always going to the doctor, but it is important. Find some way to make yourself look forward to the waiting room (audiobooks? fun magazines?) and don't let even one appointment for a test or follow-up slip by.

Keep Your Brain Sharp

Keep your brain happy. It loves to solve problems and learn new things. Give it puzzles, challenges, and ideas. Break your routine. Your brain loves learning and learning keeps it healthy and sharp. Try to learn something new every day. More.

Keep Moving

Exercise is the fountain of youth. People who exercise daily have better balance, better mental fitness, and more energy. Find a way to get some exercise every day. Light weight lifting, balance work and something for creating more energy. You'll sleep better too! More.

Fight Loneliness

Staying social not only makes life more interesting, it can help you be more healthy. Find a variety of ways to get out and be with people. From classes to bridge clubs, there are many organizations ready to help you connect with people and stay active. Join one today! More.

Ask for Help

There are people who want to help you -- but you may have to ask. Don't expect them to be able to guess at what you need. Instead, be direct and ask. Make a list of all the things you need help with and problem solve it with your family and friends. This will help everyone plan and make things easier. More.

Release Your Emotions

Just because you are in your 90s doesn't mean you live a stress-free life. Like anyone, learning to cope and deal with stress can provide a major boost to your health. Meditation is a tried-and-true method for releasing stress, balancing emotions and more. It's never too late to start a meditation habit -- how about today? More.

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