7 ways to promote active aging and healthy longevity

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Canadians are living longer than before and researchers have identified a number of lifestyle factors that make those extra years worth living. Regular walking and other physical activities, socializing and lifelong learning each contribute to healthy, active aging. A nutrient-rich diet, a positive outlook on aging and regular sleep patterns also promote a long and healthy life for older adults.

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Exercise lifts depression and eases anxiety for older adults

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Mood and anxiety disorders are the two most common types of mental health conditions affecting Canadians, including older adults. Many research studies show that moderate amounts of regular physical activity can help prevent depression and reduce symptoms of depression in older adults. Regular leisure-time exercise has also proven to be effective in relieving anxiety and promoting feelings of well-being.

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Why a positive outlook on life and aging is good for your health

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A positive outlook on life and aging is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and greater longevity. Older adults with an optimistic outlook tend to recover faster from injury or disability, have a lower risk of chronic disease and a reduced risk of memory loss. Fortunately, studies show that optimism can be learned and pessimists can develop positive thinking skills through practice to support better health.

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Protect brain health and boost quality of life for people living with dementia

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Lifestyle factors account for three-quarters of changes in the brain associated with cognitive decline, and modifiable factors such as being physical active, staying socially engaged and keeping your mind active can substantially reduce dementia risk. Dementia-friendly living spaces and assistive technologies that assess the risk of falling or wandering, or help with tasks of daily living, support people with dementia and family caregivers and can enhance their quality of life.

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