Ten New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Age Successfully (online only)
By University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
Successful aging means more
than good health. It means taking charge of your personal wellbeing so
that you can continue to live a vibrant, independent life, regardless of
your age, according to Dr. Terri Ginsberg of the New Jersey Institute
for Successful Aging at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine.
aging isn’t difficult, but it does require a personal commitment to
active living,” says Ginsberg. To help them age successfully, Ginsberg
recommends that adults of all ages follow these “10 Resolutions for
1. Sleep at night. Avoid frequent daytime naps, late night snacks or watching television in bed.
2. Eat lots of colors. Vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables on your plate mean a healthy diet that keeps your body moving.
3. Get checked out. Catch up on any health screenings your doctor has recommended and don’t forget eye and dental check-ups.
Worry less. It really is possible to “worry yourself sick.” Excessive
worrying can lead to high blood pressure, digestive problems, chronic
headaches and unhealthy weight gain.
5. Stay in touch. Living alone doesn’t mean being alone. Reach out to friends, neighbors and relatives.
Move more. Exercise improves heart health, and good heart health helps
prevent a range of related disorders, including blood clots and
7. Read more. You can “exercise your brain” with newspapers, books, magazines or puzzles.
8. Laugh and sing. Is there a better way to enjoy life? And both will help you to worry less.
Take control. Be proactive about your own health. Ask your doctor
questions about your health and for advice on positive lifestyle
10. Get involved. Local organizations of all types need
volunteers. Helping others is the best tonic for feeling good about
The New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging is a
statewide center of excellence that provides leadership in education,
research, clinical care and community service. For 11 consecutive years,
U.S. News & World Report has selected the UMDNJ-School of
Osteopathic Medicine as one of the country’s best medical schools for
geriatric medical education.