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AGING GRACEFULLY

Aging Gracefully incorporates factors of the Body, Mind, and Soul that can impact an individual’s health. The fun, interesting, and easy-to-do activities listed below could improve your health and life, if you engage in them regularly. Start today by trying a suggestion or two; add your own good ideas to the list, too. Let’s get your Body, Mind, and Soul working together for your improved health and quality of life. Use this activity log to record the healthy changes you’re making.

Body Mind Soul
  • Stretch
    Guidelines on stretching from the National Institute of Aging and NASA
  • Take a walk
    Benefits of walking from AARP
  • Try a resistance band or light weights to strengthen your muscles
  • Take a dance class
    Benefits of dancing from Livestrong.com
  • Add an extra serving of fruits and/or vegetables to a meal or as a snack
  • Strength training exercise program for older adults from Tufts University & the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Take your time while eating and eat only if you’re hungry
  • Read the nutrition information on food labels before you buy it
    Nutrition information from Nutrition Data
  • Eat healthy & be active tips for older adults from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services & the National Institute of Health
  • Keep a journal, write about your ups and downs including what stresses you
  • Explore your neighborhood, take a new route when running errands
  • Read a book, newspaper, or article online
    The Los Angeles Times on the Internet
  • Do a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or other brain teaser
  • Enroll in a class
  • Switch up your usual routine
  • Try a new recipe or cooking technique
    Tuna pita recipe from the Mayo Clinic
  • Get a massage
    Covered for this? Check with your healthcare provider.
  • Make a list of tasks and check them off upon completion
    Free To-Do list online from Ta-Da List
  • Think about what stresses you and take steps to change your behavior
    Methods of stress reduction from Anthem Blue Cross
  • Join a book club or a group you are passionate about
    Various interest groups from Meetup.com
  • Host a fun get-together
  • Volunteer, give of your time and from the heart
    Volunteer opportunities from Volunteer Center of Los Angeles
  • Get out of the house and enjoy nature
  • Spend time with your friends and family in person or by phone or email
  • Visit a museum
    Free admission from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Invite a friend or family member to come along on your walk or errands
  • Plan a romantic evening for your loved one
  • Experience something new
  • Relax with yoga from AARP
Read the Vitality Project article

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