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    Aging Unbound

    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | May 29th, 2023

    Aging Unbound

    Often when I hear people complaining about getting older, I often look and them and ask – “what is the alternative?”. May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is Aging Unbound. What is important to know is that the aging experience is diverse. We can learn from each other, especially those older than us. It is also important to combat older adult stereotypes. Older adults play a significant role in society. We should embrace the wisdom of those who are older.

    As one gets older, it is essential to do the following:

    Keep your body and mind active – Using all body parts from head to toe is vital. Movement is key.

    Choose healthy foods: You need to be in tune with your body. If certain foods do not make you feel well, it is probably time to give them up. Embrace variety in food. Fruits and vegetables are key.

    Talk to your doctor about your health concerns – it is best to write things down so you do not forget. Having access to your patient portal is important. You may need to trust a loved one to help you access your patient portal to help you navigate the system.

    Take steps to prevent falls – there are courses offered in senior and community centers to teach about avoiding falls. Take the courses. They are invaluable.

    Stay safe while driving: There is no set age when one cannot drive. Safety is paramount not only for you but those who are sharing the road with you. Get your vision and hearing checked regularly. Always wear your seat belt. Never use your phone while driving. Plan your route and drive on streets you know.

    Please take the opportunity to read “A Proclamation on Older American Month 2023” (White House).

    FYI – President Joseph Biden has proclaimed Memorial Day, May 29, 2023, as a day of prayer for permanent peace and has designated 11:00 AM local time when people might unite in prayer and reflection. National Moment of Remembrance will take place at 3:00 PM local time.  Please pause and honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice to maintain our freedom.

    2 Responses to “Aging Unbound”

    1. Linda K. Jackson says:

      Very good info, as usual. Thank you!

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