Stay Healthy In Your 70s
Don't automatically attribute new physical or mental
symptoms to getting older.
Eat a variety of foods and make sure you're getting
your five portions of fruits and vegetables.
Take a multivitamin and make sure you're getting 800
units of vitamin D and 1,500 milligrams of calcium from foods or supplements.
Continue to evaluate your need for estrogen
Get some form of aerobic and strength-training
exercise for a total of at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Exercise
your mind too by engaging in productive activities such as volunteerism and
Fall-proof your home.
Keep a list of every medication you take and go over
it with your physician during your annual examination.
Seek immediate attention for any infection --
everything from a skin sore to cold or flu.
Ask someone you trust to objectively assess your
driving skills; give up your license if you're no longer safe behind the wheel.
Make sure your family and physician have and
understand your advance directives (living will and durable power of attorney
for health care).