Stay Healthy In Your 60s
Continue (or start) doing regular, moderate physical
If you have diabetes, hypertension or abnormal
lipids, make sure they are treated aggressively.
Increase your calcium intake to 1,500 milligrams at
age 65; increase your vitamin D to 800 international units and take a
multivitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. Also consider taking
cardioprotective vitamin E.
If you have not taken estrogen, have tests to see if
your bones and heart would benefit from this or some other therapy.
Talk to your doctor about the possible benefits of
taking baby aspirin.
Know what tests are recommended for your age group
and demand them from your doctor and your insurance carrier.
Insist on referrals to specialists when necessary.
Consider getting medigap insurance to cover what
Medicare won't; also determine whether you might want long-term care insurance.
Consider ways to maintain intimacy and your
Continue to develop new interests -- read good books,
take up a new hobby, go out of your way to meet interesting people and do
interesting things that will stimulate your brain.