Growing older is a natural part of life. By staying active, eating healthy, keeping your brain engaged, and preserving your social connections, you can live a long, healthy life.
Emotional and mental well-being
To protect and improve your mental sharpness, keep your brain active. Try something new that you enjoy! Attend an educational workshop, play scrabble or Sudoku, or learn a card game with friends. Staying connected with others can help you stay balanced and build resilience. If you need support for your mental and emotional well-being, we have a community for you.
Staying active and checking your home for fall and trip hazards can help you extend your independence. Stay safe with these tips:
- Do exercises for strength and balance
- Have your vision and hearing checked regularly
- Remove calluses or corns from your feet
- Take your time getting up from a chair or your bed
- Drink plenty of water
- Visit greatcall.com/KP to learn more about the Lively Mobile Plus Personal Emergency Response System
- Contact a family member or friend every day
- Stay safe while bathing
- Know how to take your medicines
It’s normal to have issues with urinary incontinence as you age. Ask your doctor about special exercises, called Kegels, to strengthen the muscles that support your bladder. To do Kegels, contract the muscles you use to stop urinating. Squeeze for 3 seconds and then relax for 3 seconds. Repeat 10 to 15 times, at least 3 times a day.
4 ways to feel your best at any age
Getting older is a natural part of life. How you will feel as you get older depends on many things, including what health problems run in your family and the choices you make. If you take good care of your body and learn positive ways to deal with stress now, you can slow down or even prevent problems that often come with getting older.
Kaiser Permanente Seniors, Boomers Discuss Their Keys to Healthy Aging – Exercise
Four Kaiser Permanente members, and one Kaiser Permanente physician, talk about the importance of exercise and fitness in their senior years. From weightlifting to tai chi, there’s an activity to fit your needs as a senior, according to these members.
How Tai Chi and Qigong Can Help Prevent Falls in Older Adults
Kaiser Permanente physician, Robert A. Johnson, MD, practices centuries-old Chinese tai chi and qigong exercises frequently to stay active and healthy. He explains how a few basic exercises can help seniors and Baby Boomers maintain their strength and balance, which can help reduce their risk of falling.
Taking Care of Your Back
Most people will feel back pain at some point in their lives, but not all back pain is the same for everyone. The good news is, most low back pain improves without any treatment and is not long-term. Knowing what is happening and how to care for it can help speed up your recovery. Having back pain can be frustrating, but having better control over the problem makes it easier to get back to normal activities.
Total Health Assessment
Make good health a part of your daily habits with our healthy lifestyle programs. These personalized, online programs can help you create an action plan to reach your health goals. Based on your Total Health Assessment results, you’ll find advice, encouragement, and tools that can help you make healthier lifestyle choices.