Other Free Encyclopedias » Medicine Encyclopedia » Aging Healthy - Part 4 » Successful Aging - Definitions, Causes, Avoiding Disease And Disability, Maintaining Mental Function, Engagement With Life, Heredity

Successful Aging - Avoiding Disease And Disability

age social examinations exercise balance aerobic

Rowe and Kahn assert that most older people, even the very old and weak, have the capacity to increase their muscle strength, balance, walking ability, and overall aerobic power. We now know that there are many things that can prevent or ameliorate the chronic diseases common in old age, including:

  • • Early detection (regular medical examinations and self-examinations, combined with X-rays and laboratory tests of blood and urine)
  • • Healthful nutrition (low fat, high fiber, multivitamin and mineral supplements)
  • • Vigorous exercise (aerobic, flexibility, balance, and strength building)
  • • Safe driving (seat belts, observing speed limits, not using cell phones while driving)
  • • Safe sex (protection against AIDS and venereal disease)
  • • Vaccinations (against the flu, pneumonia, and tetanus)
  • • Avoiding obesity, tobacco, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse)
  • • Social support—according to David Myers, those who enjoy close relationships eat better, exercise more, and smoke and drink less; he suggests that a supportive network helps people evaluate and overcome stressful events.
Successful Aging - Maintaining Mental Function [next] [back] Successful Aging - Causes

User Comments

The following comments are not guaranteed to be that of a trained medical professional. Please consult your physician for advice.

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or