Our top tips for healthy ageing

30th March 2012

1. Eat a healthy and varied diet

  • Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit at least five portions a day..
  •  Check food labels for the salt content, particularly in processed meats, savoury snacks, biscuits, bacon, soups and ready meals. Too much salt increases your risk of high blood pressure and stroke
  • Too much saturated fat raises cholesterol and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Foods high in saturated fat include biscuits, cakes, pastries, sausages, meat pies, fatty meat and cheese.
  • Know how many units of alcohol you are drinking, and speak to your GP if you find yourself regularly having a drink to help you get through the day.

2. Exercise

Exercise can be gentle like gardening, playing tennis or bowls, or going for a brisk walk can be just as effective.

Just make sure you check with your doctor if you have a condition or haven’t exercised in a while. 

3. Get regular health check-ups

Speak to your GP if there is a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, This helps identify any problems before symptoms arise.

Check at the GP surgery for a flu jab or cancer screening. The NHS screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer are there to pick up problems at an early stage.

4. Look after your eyesight

Take advantage of free NHS sight tests if you’re eligible. Have your eyes checked every two years or annually if you are aged 70 or over.

5. Have a positive attitude about ageing

Research shows that older people who have a positive attitude to ageing, and who work with the changes it brings, tend to have better health and live longer than those who see only the negatives.

Devoting time to old friends and favourite hobbies is important – but remember to explore new interests too. It’s easy to meet new friends, try new activities or share something you enjoy in your local area.