Senior Health: Staying active and safe

Published Aug. 26, 2011 @ 9 p.m.

Here are a few ways to ensure that you (or the ones you love) stay healthy, active and safe:

Ensure help is a call away. Cell phones are not just for social uses. They are a valuable emergency response tool, too.

Boost your activity levels. This doesn't mean running a marathon, but it does mean getting your body moving. Walking, playing golf or any other enjoyable activity that boosts your heart rate is a step in the right direction.

Keep your mind moving. Cognitive performance levels drop earlier in countries that have younger retirement age, according to a study published by the RAND Center for the Study of Aging and the University of Michigan. Keep your brain busy by engaging in activities that combine social, physical and intellectual stimulation.


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