How To Stay Healthy In Your 60s

 

  • Continue (or start) doing regular, moderate physical activity.

     

  • 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 sexuality.

     

  • 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.

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