Taking care of yourself over the age of 50 is about more than just staying in shape physically, it’s also about staying emotionally healthy and sustaining your energy, vitality, and zest for life. Sure, you may have to put a little more time and effort into maintaining your health as you get older, but the rewards can be even greater than when you were younger.

The formula:

Coping with change is difficult, no matter how old you are. The particular challenge for adults over 50 is the sheer number of changes and transitions that start to occur, including children moving away, the loss of parents, friends, and other loved ones, changes to or the end of your career, declining health, and even loss of independence.

It means finding new things you enjoy, learning to adapt to change, staying physically and socially active, and feeling connected to your community and loved ones. Unfortunately, for many, aging brings anxiety and fear instead. How will I take care of myself late in life? What if I lose my spouse? What is going to happen to my mind? The truth is that you are stronger and more resilient than you may think

  • Focus on the things you’re grateful for. 
  • Acknowledge and express your feelings. 
  • Accept the things you can’t change. 
  • Look for the silver lining
  • Take daily action to deal with life’s challenges
  • Pick up a long-neglected hobby or try a new hobby
  • Play with your grandkids, nieces, nephews, or a favorite pet
  • Learn something new
  • Get involved in your community
  • Take a class or join a club
  • Travel somewhere new or go on a weekend trip to a place you’ve never visited
  • Spend time in nature
  • Enjoy the arts
  • Write your memoirs or a play about your life experiences
  • Connect regularly with friends and family
  • Make an effort to make new friends.
  • Spend time with at least one person every day. 
  • Volunteer.
  • Find support groups in times of change
  • Load up on high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Put effort into making your food look and taste good.
  • Watch out for dehydration.
  • Make meals a social event.
  • Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.
  • Find an activity you like and that motivates you to continue
  • Start slow
  • Walking is a wonderful way to start exercising.
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and cool
  • Develop bedtime rituals
  • Go to bed earlier.
  • Try variations on what you know. 
  • Work something new in each day. 
  • Take on a completely new subject. 

Along with the wisdom and experience that come with age, adopting a healthy lifestyle now can leave you not just feeling healthier but also happier, more fulfilled, and able to enjoy life more.